Europe Refuses to Reopen Market to Costa Rican Ornamentals

The European Union still has doubts over the presence of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa in plants of the Phoenix variety and has rejected the request to allow their re-entry from Costa Rica.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

In a meeting in which producers and exporters of ornamentals did not participate, the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) put forward the "... report on the investigation in Costa Rica, which purported to show that plants of the Phoenix variety are not carriers of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, contrary to what is believed by experts from the European Union. "

The European market has been closed to ornamental plants of the Phoenix variety since May 2015.

The Minister of Foreign Trade (Comex), Alexander Mora, told Nacion.com that "... he believes the process will continue to evolve and, as a next step, Costa Rica will complement the scientific arguments presented so far to Europeans. The minister recalled that the measures imposed by the EU affect trade in over 179 species of plants and apply to all trading partners and their member countries."

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