The government is preparing a decree of a shortage in order to authorize the duty-free import of 25,000 tons of beans, for the period between June 2018 and May of next year.
Costa Rica produces just 21% of the approximately 48,000 metric tons of beans consumed per year. The rest is brought from abroad and does not pay entrance tax, since in each period the shortage is declared. Photo: Mayela López / La Nacion
As happens every year, the National Production Commission (CNP) must authorize the duty-free import of the grain, to cover the annual demand of 48,000 metric tons that can not be met with local production.
“.. Costa Rica consumes around 48,000 metric tons of beans per year. Of that volume, around 10,132 dry and clean tons are