Costa Rica to Require Certification for Avocado

The country will present itself before the WTO to establish that the import of avocados will be subject to certification showing its precedence from zones free of Sun-Bloch.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The request will be made by Costa Rica through the World Trade Organization (WTO), whose Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures meets this week. As part of that committee, Mexico and Guatemala had announced that they would initiate a mechanism of "commercial concern " over the restrictions imposed on entry of the fruit into Costa Rica.

Nacion.com reported that the request to be submitted by the government of Costa Rica, which must wait for 60 days of consultations, would ease the ban originally imposed by the SFE as "... it allows for imports from zones free from disease and of healthy fruits, rather than completely blocking the issuing of permits. "



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Approval has been given to the creation of a global system of digital certification to control pests and plant diseases which can spread during international trade.

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