Mexico bans dry bean imports
April 24, 2003
Mexico banned worldwide bean imports temporarily, after having identified that beans from Asia and South America, were introduced into the Mexican Market, as U.S. beans. Therefore, the National Sanitary, Inocuity and Agri.food Quality Service (SENASICA) Director, commented that such restriction was enforced two weeks ago and this will last until the Government Officials finish the investigation on the people responsible for this problem. The suspension started when the authorities identified in the last 6 weeks, bean varieties different from the usual varieties imported into Mexico.
SENASICA Director also commented that they discovered Chinese and Peruvian beans, which were "U.S.A. nationalized", and exported to Mexico as if these were really American beans. Having proved this, SENASICA informed officially their counterparts of this decision, especially Canada and the U.S. It is important to mention that the main bean exporters to Mexico are: U.S.A., and Canada. According to the data provided by the Secretariat of Agriculture, bean imports registered in 2002, accounted for 5% of the total bean consumption in Mexico.
Source: National Market Information Service, Feb. 7, 2003