The main destination markets for Costa Rica's pineapples are the countries most affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Despite this, the sector's exports still haven't been affected.
Countries like Spain, Italy, and others continue importing fresh fruit despite the situation they are going through. However, the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers (CANAPEP) stated, there are setbacks, with some countries having reduced imports due to drops in consumption and tourism.
"We have received reports that there have been some cancellations from the Netherlands, mainly because there is no tourism and schools, restaurants, and other sectors have closed, so we must understand that there is no movement, there is no consumption," said Abel Chaves, the president of CANAPEP.
Another challenge that the sector faces is related to the weekly departure of about 250,000 boxes of pineapple that are sent by air. The cancellation of flights affects companies, which stop receiving around one million dollars a week for that product.
"Shipments to the United States are still normal and we have not had any problems. We don't foresee this situation getting worse for us and we hope that it ends quickly for the entire country," added Chaves.
He also said that all companies were applying the protocols suggested by the Ministry of Health and their own protocols in farms and plants.