Costa Rica: Preparations for Pineapple Exports to China

There only remains a technical visit to be made by Chinese authorities in order to complete the evaluation process and start exporting pineapples to China.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Estimates by the SFE indicate that there are 20 companies interested in exporting pineapples to China.

Abel Chaves, president of the National Chamber of Producers and Exporters of Pineapple (Canapep), told Elfinancierocr.com that "... 'Before thinking about production volumes we have to think about how much demand will grow, the pricing scheme that the market will have and the logistics to get the product there. But the answer to whether we can make the cut is yes.'"
 
See also "Figures on Pineapple Exports in Central America"

"... According to the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER), while the country sold the equivalent of $465 million in North America, in Asia barely $5 million worth was sold."

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July 2019

At the beginning of 2019 there were 44,500 hectares dedicated to fruit cultivation in Costa Rica, however, because of high production costs and a drop in international prices, by 2021 the cultivated area could fall to 38,000 hectares.

Directors of the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (Canapep) explained that the fall in the price of pineapple internationally is because of increased competition, since countries such as Colombia, Ecuador and Panama, have managed to gain market share in the U.S. and Europe.

Complicated Panorama for Pineapples

August 2018

Low international prices, overproduction and greater competition from markets such as the Philippines, is worrying Costa Rican pineapple exporters.

On top of those factors is also the fact that exports to China have not grown as much as expected, due to complications faced in getting the product there in perfect condition. According to the exporters themselves, this difficulty   "... is taking Costa Rica out of the market, as it takes between 28 and 30 days to arrive and it is estimated that a maximum of 20 days is required to maintain the quality intact."

Cochineal in Pineapples Sent from Costa Rica to USA

July 2016

In the first half of the year interceptions of goods in the US suspected of being contaminated with insects rose by 32% compared to the same period in 2015.

Data provided by the health authorities of the United States to Costa Rica indicates that most of the detained shipments were stopped on suspicion of the presence of the cochineal bug.

More Phytosanitary Controls on Agricultural Exports

June 2016

Pineapple exporters claim to have lost $2.3 million since the authorities started making additional inspections of containers at ports of departure.

Arguing that in April an increased presence of insects was detected in containers of pineapples exported to the United States, the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) has tightened control measures, which are no longer limited to inspections on farms and packing plants, but also include an extra inspection at ports of departure.

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