El Salvador sugarcane planted area declines

Sugarcane planted area in El Salvador for 2007/08 decreased 3,000 hectares compared to 2006/07, dropping to 57,000 hectares.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

However, sugar recovery yields increased during the 2007/08 harvest mainly due to favorable weather conditions, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture attache report posted Tuesday on the Foreign Agricultural Services Web site.

The Salvadoran Sugar Council (CONSAA) continues to regulate sugar trade. Most sugar exports are destined to the Russian Federation and to the U.S. re-export market. However, Peru and Jamaica are new export markets in MY 2007. Additional tariff rate quota (TRQ) under the Central America - Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) has provided a boost to the Salvadoran sugar industry in 2007/08. The sector continues to get tariff protection by the Government of El Salvador (GOES). The Ministry of Agriculture (MAG) continues efforts to shift traditional agricultural production into more profitable non-traditional export crops. The GOES and the sugar industry have agreed on a 10 percent mixing ratio for ethanol and gasoline. Pressed by record high oil prices, the GOES is working on a law for production of alternative fuels, including ethanol, which could be ready by the end of 2008.

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They are supporting Costa Rica in the dispute it has with El Salvador over the lack of respect for the DR -CAFTA and they are requesting action to be taken to end the paralysis of intraregional trade at Salvadoran customs offices.

The Federation of Chambers and Associations of Exporters in Central America (Fecaxca) is proposing that the fee of $18 being charged at customs offices in El Salvador be only imposed on goods which have the country as a final destination, and not everything that passes through Salvadoran territory which may be destined for other Central American countries.

El Salvador: 10% Fall in Sugar Productivity

April 2011

There were 56.94 tons of sugar produced per manzana (traditional unit of land; about 70% of a hectare) in this year's 2010-11 harvest compared to 63 tons last year.

Heavy rains in late 2010 are blamed for the fall in productivity.

Also, reports Prensalibre.com, the 63 tons per manzana (tc/mz) figure from the 2009-10 season was one of the highest recorded in recent seasons.

More Tariffs Removed in DR-Cafta

January 2010

The fifth waiver of tariffs, which affects citrus products, meats, beans, liquors and paper, came into effect on January.

Guatemalan Economy Minister Rubén Morales detailed the four previous tariff removals of the free trade agreement known as DR-Cafta: the first one happened of July 2006, followed by another on January 2007, January 2008 and January 2009.

Brazilian Ethanol to US via Costa Rica

June 2009

Costa Rica will import raw alcohol from Brazil to dehydrate it and re-export it to the US with zero-tariff, in accordance with DR-CAFTA rules.

The Brazilian president's visit to Costa Rica formalized at the government level what was already in the works between businesses in both countries.

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