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Colombia will implement new phytosanitary measures to export to Europe

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 10, 2019
The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA), through an official communication that was addressed to the European Commission, confirmed that Colombia will begin the implementation of the new protection measures required to prevent the introduction of pests of plant products into the European territory.
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The ICA sent a communication to the European Commission, requesting that the new phytosanitary requirement not be applied for sour limes (Citrus aurantifolia and Citrus latifolia).

The request was made because Colombia exports large volumes of these products to highly important countries in the regulation to import fruit species that host fruit flies, which do not have phytosanitary requirements for sour limes.

In addition, the country has received no notifications of interception of this pest or rejection of shipments to date.

In the case of mango, the ICA must certify exports, in which producers and exporters have ensured the management of phytosanitary risk through a systems approach, complying with the requirements of the European Union and showing their commitment to the phytosanitary quality of the products.

The ICA responds to the demands of international markets with an articulated work between exporters, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, and the Delegation of the European Union in Colombia, in order to comply with the Phytosanitary measures to potentiate business opportunities in Europe.