El Salvador: Less Paperwork for Exporting

The National Service for Food Safety will make it easier to obtain phytosanitary certifications for exports.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Authority for Vegetable and Animal Sanitation warned they wouldn't issue phytosanitary certifications if the products had not been previously inspected. This caused fear among exporters, who assured their shipments would be delayed.

As a solution, an institution called National Service for Food Safety (SENAPA) will be created. "It will be the top authority regarding sanitation", reported ElSalvador.com.

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The regional phytosanitary (Animal and Vegetable Health) coordinator for CAFTA, Daniel Orellana, is in the country to supervise the orientation that Honduran producers are receiving to improve their exports.

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American Secretary of Agriculture, Edward Schafer, indicated that in order to improve access for the products, they will speed up the processes for phytosanitary approval.

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