US to take restrictions off Costa Rican tomatoes and peppers

At the end of January the order will be signed to allow tomatoes and peppers produced in greenhouses on the market.

Monday, January 19, 2009

According to Nacion.com: The signing of the agreement this month comes at the end of a five year process in which local producers were trained and thoroughly supervised.

Until now, the US does not allow Costa Rican peppers and tomatoes on the market as a food health and safety measure to prevent the entry of the fruit fly.

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Honduras Certifies Costa Rican Agroindustrial Plants  

July 2013

Ten companies producing chickens, eggs and dairy products have received authorizations valid for three years to export to Honduras.  

From a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica:

After a series of efforts by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and the National Animal Health Service, Honduran authorities have authorized for three years a dozen Costa Rican plants producing fertile eggs, one day old chicks, frozen chicken and dairy products for export to the market.

Large Ornamental Plants Can Go to U.S.

June 2012

The U.S. government has lifted the restriction on imports from Costa Rica of dracaenas with foliage larger than 18 inches.

From a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Trade;

Costa Rica is the only country that can export ornamental plants larger than 18 inches to the United States.

Honduras Signs Deal to Export Tomato and Peppers to U.S.

December 2011

With this agreement the U.S. market opens up to Honduran greenhouse tomatoes.

A press release from the National Agricultural Health Service of Honduras reads:

The National Health Service (SENASA in Spanish), Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG in Spanish) have signed this day a protocol and work plan for the export of peppers and tomatos with the Agricultural Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture which will open up the market for tomatoes.

US offers to speed up the entrance of Central American products

September 2008

American Secretary of Agriculture, Edward Schafer, indicated that in order to improve access for the products, they will speed up the processes for phytosanitary approval.

This process "can take years for a plant or animal product to go from one country to another. We hope to improve the system as long as we are guided by scientific standards and not by political or commercial reasons," said Schafer in a press conference at the end of his two day visit to Guatemala.

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