Economic troubles and multi-million-dollar debts have led to an import crisis for Argentina, affecting some of the nation's favorite fruits as well. Producers in Bolivia and Paraguay have suspended exports of bananas and pineapples to Argentina due to a cumulative debts racked up by importers, totaling approximately US$22 million.
Experts say the trade conflict could lead to limited availability of such fruits in the local market. In and around the capital, grocers are already reporting shortages.
In Paraguay, reports said that so far this year they have sent 3,200 lorries loaded with 27 tons of fruit each, valued at US$30.3 million in total, but payments had been significantly delayed for six months, with only US$20 million having been paid so far.