Market for Ornamental Plants Expands

The United States will allow entry of Costa Rican ornamental plants with stems over 18 inches and up to 54 inches high.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

This potential market opening occurred as a result of the "Clean Stock Program” for the export of Dracaena to the Unites States, which culminated in April 2009. Costa Rica has yet to perform additional phytosanitary studies so that the United States will allow the importation of plants older than two years, or higher than 18 inches.

According to, Magda González, head of the Department of Phytosanitary Service Exports of the State and coordinator of the Committee of directors of the Clean Stock Program, said that "if the restriction is eliminated, exports will experience an annual increase of $15 million and increased competitiveness in international markets."

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Costa Rica will implement a program to export ornamental plants larger than 45 centimeters to the U.S.

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