Exporting is Possible But There is No Product

Following a lengthy certification process, China has opened up to beef imports from Costa Rica, but farmers say they don’t have enough production.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

In a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX) it was announced that "The authorities of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ) reported that Costa Rica has been officially included in the list of countries with authorization to export beef to China .... the opening up of China for the export of frozen beef meat is the result of intensive work by the National Animal Health Service, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX) and the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) to achieve compliance with the requirements for signing the SPS protocols that allow access of Costa Rican agricultural products to the Chinese market. "

On the other hand, an article in Radioreloj.co.cr reports that
"The president of the Livestock Development Corporation, Leonardo Luconi, said it was very good news, but acknowledged that there is little that the country has to export, as 90 percent of the meat produced is consumed domestically. He explained that the possibility of increasing production must first start with new policy. "

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