Costa Rica: Europe Renews Organic Farming Approval

With the equivalence renewal, Costa Rica remains in the EU’s list of third party nations, for an unlimited time, and on Switzerland’s list until 2013, allowing it to export organic products to the European market with a certification issued by national certification bodies under Costa Rican regulations and with the supervision of the SFE, an entity qualified at the national level.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A press release from the State Phytosanitary Service reads:

"It's a prestige for the country, a great achievement for the Organic Agriculture Program, the certification agencies and organic growers in Costa Rica. It is the result of a joint effort
which must be maintained and reinforced, " said German Carranza, head of Special Programs State Phytosanitary Service (SFE).

Since 2003 Costa Rica
managed to get on the list of third party nations, touching shoulders with Switzerland, Australia, India, Israel, New Zealand and Argentina. "This status of ‘third party nation’
has been renewed twice and as of June 30, 2011 was granted indefinitely. Switzerland, being outside the EU, has a similar recognition system, under which Costa Rica also got approved, until 2013" said Elizabeth Ramirez, responsible for accreditation and registration of Organic Agriculture SFE. Costa Rica has devoted part of its territory to planting organic products. According to last year’s data, there are 11,115 hectares certified as organic and, in comparison with the year 2000, this is an increased of 2509 hectares.

Among the certified products are rice, bananas, cacao, sugarcane, coffee, spices, fruits and vegetables, beans, macadamia nuts, blackberries, oranges, noni, pineapple, and aloe.

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Honduras: Exports of Organic Products

January 2018

Last year exports of 17 types of fruits, vegetables and organic grains may registered a 4% increase compared to 2016.

In the last ten years, the number of agricultural producers dedicated to the cultivation of fruits, vegetables and organic grains increased from 1,500 to 6,451, according to figures from the National Secretariat for Health and Food Safety (SENASA). Also in the last decade, it is estimated that the planted area grew from 4,400 hectares to 31 thousand hectares. 

What Organic Foods Does Europe Demand?

June 2017

Pineapples, bananas and sugar cane represent 98% of total exports of organic products from Costa Rica to ten European Union countries.

Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Latvia, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are the nine European markets where Costa Rica exports its organic agricultural production, mainly made up of sugar, bananas, coffee and pineapples, cocoa, papaya, guava and carambola.

Equivalence of Standards for Organic Products

April 2013

Costa Rica and Canada have recognized the equivalence of regulations governing the accreditation and certification of organic agricultural products in both countries.

This agreement "... allows free passage for Costa Rican exporters, dedicated to this subsector, to export to the U.S. market," noted an article in

The Region Unifies Regulations on Organic Farming

March 2011

Dominican Republic and Central America have agreed to unify the regulations governing organic agriculture.

The policies are based on rules by Codex Alimentarius, created in 1963 by FAO and the WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as practices under the joint FAO / WHO Food Standard Program.

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