Costa Rica is among the countries that could be part of a new program the U.S. government wants to implement to reduce inspection times for Costa Rican exports at the different U.S. ports of entry.
The Offshore Cuttings Pilot Certification is in its initial phases at four Central American country – Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua- visiting farms to analyze their productive and exports systems.
If once the farm is inspected it is pre-approved and certified as low risk production farm, like it would happen with ornamental plants farms in Costa Rica, entry times of these products to the United States would decrease since exporters would have to show the documents to enter their merchandises to the U.S. market.
The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) develops this program jointly with the Costa Rican Ministry of Agriculture (MAG).