The National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa) has confirmed that Chile has submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) the phytosanitary requirements for the importation of Honduran melon. Chile thus joins the countries that import melon from Honduras, such as Japan, Europe, and the United States.
Agrolibano has been working for several months to open the Chilean market. Carlos Ferrera, the general director of the Senasa, a unit attached to the SAG, said that the national phytosanitary protection organizations of both countries were in communications to establish the inspections that the Senasa has to carry out on the exporting company. The Honduran institution and Chile's Agricultural and Livestock Service will agree on the inspection dates.
According to the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH), last June exports of melons and watermelons exceeded $ 111 million, i.e. 54% more than in the same period last year, thanks to a 45.8% increase in the average price.