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Paraguay stops granting licenses for the import of onions

In order to protect the domestic production, Paraguay has decided to stop granting licenses for the import of onions from neighbouring countries. Nelson Valiente, National Director of Customs, highlighted this weekend's achievement with the seizure of 43,000 kilos of that product in different parts of the country. 

According to sources of DNA, one of the processes involved a Scania truck with 30,000 kilos of onions in kilometre 60 of Ciudad del Este, while in another raid on a warehouse, with both fiscal and police escort, a total of 13,000 kilos of Brazilian origin were confiscated. 

Valiente noted that imports of this product are currently restricted, so no Phytosanitary Import Credentials (AFIDIS) are granted by the National Health, Plant and Seed Quality Service (SENAVE). "In this product's case, the AFIDIS are not being issued at the moment, which automatically turns the product into a banned item," he explained. 

This measure has been enforced taking into account the optimal domestic production. "We are strengthening controls; there's a lot of pressure because the price difference with Brazilian onion is quite considerable," he said. 


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