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Administration banned import of Mexican avocado’s

Costa Rica: Administrative Court condemns 2014 government actions

Costa Rica’s Contentious Administrative Court ruled in favor of the companies who accused the government of damaging the local market, after the Solis administration banned the import of Mexican avocado’s in 2014.

The conflict, which in effect remains unsolved, dates back to May 2014, when Costa Rican authorities decided to ban the import of avocados from Mexico, arguing the existence of the disease known as ‘sunspot’.

As a result of the ban, six avocado importing companies decided to go to court to seek a million dollar compensation, arguing that the decision caused damage to the companies, since according to the plaintiff damage was caused to the market.

Qcostarica.com reports that “… the Contentious Administrative Court condemned the State of Costa Rica for the ban on importing Mexican Hass avocado, during the administration of Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera.”

The Chamber of Exporters and Importers of Perishable Products confirmed the resolution of the case, “… however, the amount to be paid was not defined and it was transferred to the Execution of Judgment where a new expert’s report should be made.”

The presence of the Mexican product in the country has fallen dramatically since in 2014 purchases made from companies in Mexico represented 83% of the total, but since 2016 there have been no reported imports of Hass avocado from that country.


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