USA and South Africa Denounce Costa Rica Over Avocados

Guatemala and Mexico have joined forces in their complaints to the WTO over restrictions on the importation of Hass Avocados.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The concerns of these two countries were presented at the monthly meeting of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the World Trade Organization, where Guatemala and Mexico also expressed concern about the trade impact of the measure imposed by Costa Rica.

An article on reports that "... Meanwhile, the director of the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE), Francisco Dall'Anese, said only that all went well in the committee meeting in Geneva (Switzerland), where the country presented their arguments. "

"... The SFE presented the WTO with a report on the measure taken against Mexico, which was asked for certification that the fruit comes from areas free of a disease, which could enter the Costa Rican market. However, Mexico stressed again to the Committee its conclusion that the Costa Rican measure does not have a technical foundation, asking for the documents that support the measure, and the number of shipments that tested positive with the disease. "

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Costa Rica to Require Certification for Avocado

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WTO Alerted Over Costa Rica's Restriction on Avocados

July 2015

Guatemala and Mexico have triggered a mechanism of "commercial concern" over restrictions on the importation of Hass avocado imposed by Costa Rica.

There will be a period of 60 days for Costa Rica to respond to the concerns presented by the delegations from Mexico and Guatemala in the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures at the World Trade Organization.

Mexico Puts Pressure on Costa Rica Over Avocados

June 2015

An announcement has been made that in the coming days a delegation from the phytosanitary authority of Mexico will arrive in San Jose to discuss the ban on entry of Mexican avocados.

The aim of the visit from the delegation is to find a technical-scientific solution to the import restrictions imposed in May.

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