The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has confirmed the importance of tropical fruit exports in multiple international markets, especially of pineapple and banana exports.
Costa Rican tropical fruit exports account for approximately one third of all the revenue that the country obtained from agricultural exports. According to the recent Agricultural Perspectives 2019-2028 report, 86% of the pineapple imported by the European Union (EU) comes from Costa Rica and nearly 70% of the bananas that the EU imports come from Ecuador, Colombia, and Costa Rica.
However, these percentages may be affected by the problems that have affected the sector throughout the year, such as the decrease in production, customs delays, and the deterioration of products due to weather events.
Due to these factors, the value of banana and pineapple exports decreased by 35% and 12%, respectively, in the first five months of the year.