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Costa Rica wants a friendly resolution to the avocado conflict with Mexico

Yesterday, Costa Rica's Minister of Foreign Trade, Dyala Jimenez, stated that her country wanted to solve in an amicable way the controversy over the restriction imposed by San Jose on Hass avocados from Mexico.

Jimenez, who appeared before the Economic Affairs Committee of the Legislative Assembly, said that Costa Rica was willing to enter into a bilateral agreement with Mexico that allows them to find a solution to the restriction they imposed on Mexican Hass avocado imports.

The World Trade Organization (WT) is currently analyzing the case, where it is in the second of three stages. Costa Rica and Mexico are looking for coincidences so that, just like in a civil trial, Mexico can withdraw the complaint.

She also said that the WTO would only determine if the measures that Costa Rica imposed violated their obligations and trade agreements, and that the country would face no economic sanctions, except paying for the cost of the procedures.

Regarding the possibility of an agreement, the minister said that 'Mexico and Costa Rica have that spirit and, at any moment of the panel, the parties can reach an agreement and Mexico could desist from the WTO process and withdraw their demand."

"I think both countries would like to reach an agreement quickly, Mexico also doesn't want this situation and there is a good will on both sides, but you know that the panel will continue if there is no compromise or if we can't understood each other," she said, but added that they hoped to have an initial agreement soon.

The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Renato Alvarado, told the deputies of the parliamentary committee that Costa Rica took the measure in 2015 because the Mexican Hass avocado was affected by sunspot.

Unhappy with the measure imposed, Mexico decided to take the case to the WTO, which last December accepted the process and rejected sanitary and phytosanitary excuses raised by Costa Rica.


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