Costa Rica Needs Avocados

The major supermarket chains foresee shortages in the coming weeks and are negotiating with importers to buy the product from alternative markets to the Mexican market.

Monday, June 8, 2015

After the SFE suspended imports of avocados from Mexico, supermarket chains are beginning to look for alternatives to bring in the product and minimize the impact of the shortage expected in the coming weeks.

Diego Naranjo, commercial vice president of Auto Mercado, told that "... 100% of the hass avocado sold in the chain's branches is of Mexican origin, it is the best quality ... and " ... he said that in light of the closure for imports from Mexico Auto Market is analyzing other options along with the three Costa Rican companies who import avocados. "

"... Yolanda Fernandez, manager of corporate affairs for Walmart Costa Rica, said the chain has the supplies needed to meet demand for 'a few weeks', as local production, from which they are currently supplied, is limited. "

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Avocadoes in Costa Rica: An Interfered With Market

April 2016

The ban on Mexican avocado has led to an increase in imports from Chile, raising its wholesale price by more than 30%, and will cause shortages when locally produced supplies have been exhausted.

Protectionism for the Costa Rican production of avocados introduced by the Solis administration, arguing phytosanitary measures, achieved results that benefited local producers, such as increasing the price of the product and a decline in import volumes (13,061 tons in 2013 vs . 11,187 in 2015). But what is good for the local producer, is bad for consumers who are forced to pay more for the fruit, as well as seeing their right to choose what to consume violated, and eventually being prevented from simply consuming anything at all because there is no supply.

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.

Costa Rica: Avocados Could Come From Nicaragua and Panama

June 2015

After blocking the import of fruit from Mexico, the State Phytosanitary Service has announced that it is seeking permission to import from Peru, Nicaragua, Chile and Panama.

Although importers and marketers of the fruit in the country insist that the ban of imports of Mexican Hass avocados has no technical basis and is generating shortages in the local market, the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) is maintaining its position and has announced that it is processing the permission to bring in the fruit from other markets.

Costa Rica Protects Its Avocados

May 2015

Warnings are being given of shortages in the market, after the Phytosanitary Service banned the import of the fruit from nine markets.

According to the director of the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE), at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), the decision to ban imports of avocados from Australia, Spain, Ghana, Guatemala, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Florida, in the US, was taken to prevent the entry of the virus known as Sun Blotch, present in these markets. The Chamber of Importers of Perishables Products ensures that there will be a shortage because "... only 20% of total consumption (14,000 tonnes) are harvested in Costa Rica."

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