According to Head of Research and Development of the Indonesian Trade Ministry Kasan Muhri stated that the US is the world's largest importer of pineapples, both in the fresh and dried form, with total volume of imports reaching some one million tons in 2018.
However, despite its potential as a pineapple exporter, Indonesia's exports to the country were only recorded at 5.8 tons in April 2019.
"Currently, 86 percent of the imports were supplied from Latin American nations, including Costa Rica, with import value of US$700 million. We seek access since we have the product, and the assessment is clear," he stated stated here on Monday, November 25, 2019.
In mid-November, Vice Minister of Trade Jerry Sambuaga has brought up the issue with the USDA during his working visit to the US.
In July, the Indonesian government had urged USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to authorize the importation of fresh pineapples for consumption in the US. (Antara)