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Peru to lift restriction on the entry of Chilean apples in coming days

In the coming days Peru will eliminate the restrictions set in place since September 5 on the entry of Chilean apples, announced Milton Von Hesse, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, during the inauguration of the Innovaquinua fair, which came to an end last Friday in Lima.

The restriction was established due to the alleged presence of larvae in apples imported from Chile, amidst the discussion between Peruvian and Chilean health authorities about the possibility of lifting the cold treatment required for Peruvian Hass avocado to access the neighbouring country. Last Wednesday, Chile's Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) authorized the entry of avocado without being exposed to this procedure.

In response, Von Hesse said Peru and Chile are currently in the process of overcoming their differences.

"What's essential is that there is a principle of reciprocity in international trade. If we are reciprocal with our business partners all processes will be easier and simpler. The principles that aren't applied by one side have to be applied by the other," he said.

He also noted that the process would come to an end this week. "I hope that this topic is completely finished in the next 5 or 6 days," he said, adding that the Ministry of Agriculture expects to receive the official document from Chile authorizing the removal of cold treatment for hass avocado during that period. "Once we get it, the authorities in each country must sign it," he said.


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