Costa Rica and China sign Protocol on Leather

China endorsed the health protocol necessary to allow the entry of Costa Rican leather products.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

By signing these health protocols, the importing country - in this case China - supports compliance with certain standards established for the product in question by the exporting country, this in order to ensure regular exports to the Chinese market.

The maximum AQSIQ chief, Wei Chuanzhong, pledged to speed up the procedures necessary to approve other pending protocols: dairy, beef, pork and chicken.

The procedure for signing the protocol was initiated last year following an agreement reached at the technical level between health authorities of both countries, under which China agreed to allow the entry of Costa Rican leather as a special exception, with a commitment by the national authorities to complete regular procedure in coming months.

While in 2009 it exported 61.76 tons of leather with an approximate value of $ 600 thousand dollars, during the first half of 2010, exports of this product to the Chinese market amounted to 1525.36 tons, worth about U.S. $ 3.2 million. With this, leather became the product with the highest growth exported to China during this period.

The only current protocol so far with the Asian nation was the banana. In addition to securing the signature of the second protocol, documentation was delivered for dairy products, a prelude to establishment of an instrument applicable to such products.

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