The World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to create a special group to investigate Costa Rica's restrictions on the avocados from Mexico.
The WTO agreed to study the dispute after Mexico requested it for a second time, rejecting the sanitary and phytosanitary reasons alleged by Costa Rica.
Costa Rica banned the importation of Mexican Hass avocado in 2015, to prevent the entry of the sunblotch plague into its territory.
Up to that point, Mexico was Costa Rica's main avocado supplier, with an estimated income of 12 thousand tons of avocado.
Both countries have tried to resolve the dispute bilaterally since March of last year. However, in November, Mexico decided that this avenue had been exhausted and that the WTO should be in charge of resolving the dispute.