Costa Rica: The Avocado Debate

A "national scientific table" will analyze the reasons for the restriction on imports of the fruit from Mexico and seek alternatives to reactivate the purchases.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The objective of the analysis is to verify the existence of scientific foundations in the decision of the Phytosanitary Service of Costa Rica to ban the import of the fruit from several countries.

Meanwhile Guatemala and Mexico have alerted the World Trade Organization of the ban imposed by the Phytosanitary Service of Costa Rica, while the private sector and the government have agreed to review the situation and find a solution.

José Manuel Hernando, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry (Cacia) and spokesperson for the sectors involved, said in an article in that "... "It is expected that clarification will be given on whether the measures taken are in compliance with technical standards, so that the private sector can know for sure if it was properly applied, or if mistakes were made in the implementation of the administration, which will be corrected."

"... It is also expected that another meeting will be held in the next two weeks to discuss the issue of pork and potatoes. "

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Aguacate in Costa Rica: Mexico Presents Proposal

September 2015

Establishing areas free of the sunblotch pest and certify them according to international standards is what Mexico has proposed in order to sell avocados to Costa Rica once again.

The proposal submitted by Mexico to the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica and the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) includes the establishment of certain areas of fruit cultivation which are certified to be free of the pest.

USA and South Africa Denounce Costa Rica Over Avocados

July 2015

Guatemala and Mexico have joined forces in their complaints to the WTO over restrictions on the importation of Hass Avocados.

The concerns of these two countries were presented at the monthly meeting of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the World Trade Organization, where Guatemala and Mexico also expressed concern about the trade impact of the measure imposed by Costa Rica.

Mexico Puts Pressure on Costa Rica Over Avocados

June 2015

An announcement has been made that in the coming days a delegation from the phytosanitary authority of Mexico will arrive in San Jose to discuss the ban on entry of Mexican avocados.

The aim of the visit from the delegation is to find a technical-scientific solution to the import restrictions imposed in May.

Avocado in Costa Rica: Something Smells Fishy

May 2015

From Mexico, where the sunblotch disease has been present for 100 years, Costa Rica imports 80% of the avocados it consumes, but has now banned imports, citing contamination risk.

An article on reports that the Mexican phytosanitary authorities questioned "...

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