Regional Trade: New Phytosanitary Requirements

Starting July 17th the categorization of products according to their health risk will be applied and a 15 day shipping notice will be required to import those labelled as "high risk."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A new "Directive on sanitation and phytosanitation for the facilitation of trade in goods and shipments in Central America", adopted by the Council of Ministers for Economic Integration (Comieco), approved in January and which will come into effect from Thursday, July 17, could detract agility from intraregional trade, warns the Exporters Corporation of El Salvador (Coexport).

The president of Coexport , Pablo Duran, told that "... 'This forces us to plan in due time and at some point, that could reduce agility in the trade carried out between countries. '"

"...The document notes that products such as tilapia, shrimp, pork, turkey and chicken, as well seeds such as sesame, cotton and grains like coffee and beans are category A (considered as high phytosanitary risk) meaning that the aforementioned notice is required."

Read here the resolution issued by Comieco.

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