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Honduras: New airport terminal will increase fruit and veg exports

One of the sectors that benefited most from the construction of the new airport terminal at Palmerola were the exporters of fruit and vegetables because it will help to reduce production and transportation costs, said Jorge Romero Cruz, the president of Comayagua's Chamber of Trade and Industry (Ccicom).

"The airport opens up a great opportunity to increase exports of fruit and vegetables to the United States, Asia and Europe. We have over 30 export companies that haven't increased their sales as aggressively as they would like because of the difficulties they face transporting their products. Currently they have to ship part of their products through Ramon Villeda Morales airport and part through the Comalapa terminal in El Salvador, which raises production costs," he said.

When asked if they planned to enter other markets because of the advantage that the terminal gives them he replied: "Yes, especially to the Asian and European markets. However, exporters are negotiating with the executives of the company that won the tender of the Palmerola terminal so that the cargo area has the specifications required by the international market and they can make better use of it. Currently, the cargo area will have 1,500 meters, but it should have a much wider area to properly carry out the container download and loading manoeuvrers."

"This terminal will help reduce the export delivery time and costs, and that is a good incentive to invest," Romero Cruz said.

The president said that the valley's agriculture was not for local consumption but for export and that their biggest export products were: colorful chilli, cucumbers, jalapeño peppers, onions, squash, oriental vegetables, yams, guavas , mangos, and malanga, among others.


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