Colombian Pepper Fruit, one step closer to the United States, the world's largest importer

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May 9, 2019

May 09, 2019

The U.S. Government issued a notice announcing that it will allow access to Colombian Pepper Fruit. This was announced by the Ministers of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, José Manuel Restrepo, and Agriculture and Rural Development, Andres Valencia, who detailed that this process leaves the country one step closer from completing the admissibility for the product in the American market.

This way, after almost 4 years of joint work with the Government of the United States and articulated between the Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and of Agriculture, of the Embassy of Colombia in the U.S.A., the ICA and ProColombia, this achievement has been reached, which is one more step in the strategy of taking advantage of trade agreements, which is part of the Government's Trade Policy.

Minister Valencia Pinzón stressed that this is a great achievement of the Colombian Sanitary Diplomacy for continuing to open markets and opportunities to take food harvested in the Colombian countryside abroad.

"We expect the demand for Pepper Fruit to increase exponentially with the opening of the market of the United States, which is the main buyer worldwide," said Valencia.

For his part, Minister José Manuel Restrepo said that "we will no doubt continue to move towards the goal we have set for ourselves of increasing the country's exports of non-mining energy goods and services by 2022. The United States is a market with great potential that in 2018 imported from the world US$ 1.279 billion in Pepper Fruit, 73.7% bought it from Mexico. So it opens up a huge opportunity for Colombian producers”.

It is important to note that the second largest supplier of Pepper Fruit to the United States is Canada, which participates with 19.4% of these imports.

Now, for 60 days, this notification will be open for public consultation. If after this time there are no comments, the Colombian Pepper Fruit will obtain admissibility in the United States, as soon as the country accredits compliance with the requirements of the export operational plan agreed upon by the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States (Aphis).

President Ivan Duque's Sanitary Diplomacy Strategy, the technical work of the Colombian sanitary authority and the articulation of the Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and Agriculture, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Embassy of Colombia in the United States, allowed to dynamize a process of more than four years that leaves the country one step from the most important market for this product.

Last year Colombia exported US$178,285.4 in Pepper Fruit, which represented an increase of 47.8% compared to 2017. Curaçao and Aruba are the main destinations for these exports. In the first two months of this year, the country exported US$ 22,878.3.

Antioquia, Santander, Norte de Santander and Valle del Cauca are the main producing areas of Pepper Fruit in the country, and should be prepared to meet the standards required by the United States and take this opportunity that opens up for this product.

In addition, La Guajira will be another benefited department, since the idea is to promote national and foreign investment in the establishment of crops in controlled environments with a view to taking advantage of this opportunity.