Honduras: Bean Exports Authorized

It has been reported that the government has reactivated licensing for the export of one million hundredweight of red beans to El Salvador.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Ministry of Economic Development (SDE) has authorized the re-granting of licenses for export because a harvest of 3 million hundredweight of red beans has been forecast, two million of which will go to the domestic market and the rest can be sold.

See also: "Crop Monitoring in Central America"

Latribuna.hn reports that "...According to the head of the SDE, Arnaldo Castillo, in the last three months export licenses have not been extended while an attempt was made to understand how much upcoming production could be and to maintain inventories in the IHMA. "At this moment we are able to send exports, we have enough grain to guarantee domestic consumption," said the official who later said that "as for sales abroad there is no problem."

"... In 2016, Honduras harvested nearly three million hundredweight, 70 percent in the 'postrera' harvest, from (the last week of) August until October. In this period beans are planted according to the climatic characteristics of the different regions of Honduras."

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El Salvador to Import More Red Beans

June 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture has received a legislative endorsement to import the grain from outside of Central America in case of shortages during the second half of the year.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture:

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) asked MPs to issue Special and Transitional Provisions for Imports of Red Beans for Human Consumption, which would guarantee affordable prices for beans for the population, as well as supplying the domestic market, in case that the El Niño phenomenon affects the harvest of this basic grain.

Nicaragua to Import More Grains Duty Free

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Due to a reduction of local production because of drought, the government has authorized, for the second half of the year, an increase in tax-free imports of red beans, rice and corn.

In the case of red beans, an additional 10,000 tons has been approved on top of the 20,000 authorized in June, while for rice the quantities will be defined in the coming days.

Honduras To Buy Beans From Outside Region

May 2014

In order to ensure supply for the domestic market, the government has announced that it is negotiating grain imports from Colombia and Ethiopia.

Given the reduction in the harvest in the months of December 2013 and January 2014, the Government of Honduras has announced that it will resort to importing beans as part of a strategic plan to ensure supplies in the coming months.

Nicaragua: Export Restrictions on Red Beans

March 2014

Exporters are opposed to the measure and claim that the current crop will be sufficient to supply the domestic market and to sell abroad.

Returning to the restrictions on exports of Nicaraguan red beans, which were in place between 2010 and 2011 would be a "mistake" according to exporters associations from the Central American nation.

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