One Year Since Costa Rica Banned Mexican Avocadoes

The graphic depicts the decision to ban avocadoes from Mexico
QCOSTARICA – A year ago last week, Costa Rica took the unilateral decision to stop importing the Hass avocado from Mexico after claiming that it had a plague that could endanger the country.

Now, avocado prices have almost doubled, the smuggling of Mexican avocados from the borders with Panama continues to increase, and Costa Rican businessmen are stating that Costa Rica is at the doors of a million dollar claim because of the government’s arrogance.

Producers estimate that Costa Rica might be sanctioned with 500,000 euro for having stopped importing Mexican avocados without complying with the requirements established by the World Trade Organization.

The ban on Mexican avocado imports has only had negative effects for consumers and caused distortions

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