Union Puts Brakes on Egg Imports in Mexico

A Mexican union of transporters has forced the internal transport of goods to be performed only in locally registered vans.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Nacion.com reports that "Costa Rica has been unable to export eggs to Mexico because a transport union in that country insisted on the transfer of the product in order to allow its admission."

William Cardoza, executive director of the National Poultry Association (Canavi), said that despite having all health permits, Costa Rican and Mexican, and despite having buyers in the territory of that country, the export of Costa Rican eggs has not taken place.

The transport union of that country requires a complete transfer goods from one container to another. This situation, according to Cardoza, presents difficulties. The first is an enormous amount of loss because eggs are broken by the transfer, and the second is the health hazard involved by opening the container and making the move.

In mid-October 2012, Costa Rica was ready to send to Mexico from between 40 to 60 tons of eggs per month.

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