Costa Rica says wins permit to export pineapples to China

(Reuters) – Costa Rica has received authorization to ship pineapples to China, opening a new market for the world’s top exporter of the fruit, the Costa Rican government said on Thursday.

“This authorization will allow us to sell our pineapple in China, a country that shows a growing trend in consuming and importing this product,” Trade Minister Alexander Mora said in a statement.

The Central America country had been seeking a phytosanitary permit to send pineapple to China since 2010. Costa Rican pineapple exports rose more than 8 percent in 2016 to a five-year high of $873 million, according to government data.

The United States and Europe currently buy 97 percent of the country’s production.

 

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