National Chamber of Agriculture and Agribusiness

Costa Rica opposes lifting restrictions on Mexican Hass avocado

The National Chamber of Agriculture and Agroindustry (CNAA) opposed the request made by six other trade institutions to lift import restrictions on the Mexican Hass avocado.

The conditions were applied during the administration of former President Luis Guillermo Solis to prevent the spread of a disease known as sunspot.The World Trade Organization supported those measures.

The president of the Chamber of Agriculture, Juan Rafael Lizano, summarized the process that must be carried out for the importation, adding that Mexico had the same sanitary restrictions on other Costa Rican products. The consequences of the propagation of the sunspot in the country would provoke a rejection from other countries on Costa Rican exports; a situation that the Chamber of Agriculture tries to avoid through this request to the Government.

Lizano also expressed concern about the price of the national Hass avocado, which is sold to the consumer up to five times more expensive than what is paid to Costa Rican producers.


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