From a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Trade;
Costa Rica is the only country that can export ornamental plants larger than 18 inches to the United States.
San Jose, June 26, 2012. Today the Federal Register of the United States issued an amendment to its phytosanitary regulations, which allows the importation of ornamental plants of the species of Dracaena marginata larger than 18 inches (46 centimeters) from Costa Rica, giving a competitive advantage to national exporters.
"This is excellent news, which will stimulate the sector's exports to the U.S. because of the competitive advantage. This is the result of interagency efforts, which showed that the size restriction did not correspond to the rules governing international trade for products of plant origin. This an important victory, which reaffirms our commitment to defend the interests of our exporters within the framework of the agreements", explained the Minister of Foreign Trade in Costa Rica, Anabel Gonzalez.
Costa Rica will implement a program to export ornamental plants larger than 45 centimeters to the U.S.
The plan, developed by the Phytosanitary Service (SFE), will be implemented in June and July and seeks to remove an existing restriction to export plants larger than 45 centimeters to the United States.
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