Imported Coffee Gains Market in Costa Rica

For the 2017-2018 season, imported coffee consumed in the country represented 18% of demand, but for the 2018-2019 cycle that proportion increased to 45%, being Nicaragua and Honduras the main suppliers of the grain.

Monday, September 16, 2019

According to statistics from the General Directorate of Customs and compiled by the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica (Icafe), for the 2018-2019 cycle in the Costa Rican market were consumed about 526 thousand bags of 46 kilos of coffee, of which 292 thousand were of national production and 234 thousand were purchased abroad.

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Xinia Chaves, Executive Director of Icafé, told Nacion.com that "... the sector must promote greater production to provide raw material to local roasters, as there is a correlation between increased imports and the fall in the national grain harvest."

According to the National Agricultural Survey (ENA) between 2017 and 2018 the area used to grow coffee fell from 90,725 hectares to 86,764 hectares, equivalent to a 4% decrease.

Regarding the rules for importing the grain, Chaves added that "... there is a need to put the same conditions and requirements for local and foreign supply. For that reason, the modification to the law is processed to give obligatory condition to the analyses where the properties of the great of other origins are identified."

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