Northwest Horticultural Council
Official Language(s): Spanish
Please click on the above link for a list of Codex chemical MRLs.
II. CHEMICALS AND ADDITIVE INFORMATION
A. Chemical residue standards:
Ecuador defers to maximum residue levels established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. If there is no standard established in Codex for a given chemical, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) limits will be taken into account.
B. Monitoring chemical residues:
Ecuador’s National Agricultural Research Institute (INIAP) monitors chemical residues. INIAP is part of the Ministry of Agriculture.
C. Restrictions on use of waxes:
III. ORGANIC FRUIT REGULATIONS
Certificates from accredited institutions are required. For U.S. Products, USDA’s organic certificate is the most reliably recognized certification. Sanitary registration is valid for five years. A new organic certificate is required when renewing the sanitary registration. An apostille certificate must be affixed to the original certificate.
V. NON-TARIFF BARRIERS
A. Labeling requirements:
B. Licenses and quotas:
An import permit is required for apples, pears and cherries.
C. Currency Issues:
D. Pest and plant disease restrictions:
A Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) and import permit are required. Apples, pears, and cherries are prohibited without an import permit. The state of origin must be declared on the PC. Additional declarations stating that “This produce originates in an area free from Bactrocera dorsalis. AND, “The fruit in this shipment has been inspected and found free of Cydia Pomonella and Rhagoletis spp.“
E. Solid Wood Packaging Material (SWPM) Regulations:
Please refer to the SWPM section of the NHC’s Technical Bulletins and Industry Advice.
F. Other trade restrictions:
The government of Ecuador requires inspection of products for customs purposes prior to shipment from the country of origin.
VI. MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST TREE FRUIT INDUSTRY:
Pear Bureau Northwest:
Produce Marketing Comunicacao e Promocoes
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Voice/Fax: +55 11 3085 6475
Cell: +55 14 8124 9929
VII. OTHER RESOURCE LINKS:
- The World Factbook (Central Intelligence Agency)
- Ecuador (U.S. Commercial Service/Department of Commerce)
- U.S. Embassy