Costa Rica Prohibits Entry of Onions from Guatemala

The restriction on imports of the product imposed by Costa Rica means losses of more than $1 million for farmers.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The representative of the onion producing community of Quiche and Huehuetenango, Nicolás Méndez, who denounced the situation to the Ministry of the Economy of Guatemala, “informed them that a number of their Costa Rican clients have told them that they can’t send their product anymore, due to restrictions imposed by the authorities of that country,” according to

This new restriction, which is part of a measure by Costa Rican authorities to protect the internal harvest, joins Honduras in restricting the entry of onions from Guatemala to that country.

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Costa Rica Exports Onion to C.A.

October 2009

Low prices in the domestic market have driven growers to sell their product to Nicaragua and Honduras.

The local market is paying $0.21 per kilogram of onion, while the cost of growing it is $0.69. When exporting, growers get paid $0.28 per kilo.

"Francisco Brenes, regional director at the Agriculture and Livestock Breeding Ministry (MAG), is confident that exports will help rise the price of the product in the Costa Rican market", reports "This will be possible when onion supply stabilizes..."

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