Posted On 07 Mar 2017
The export of teak to India, the main market for Ecuador that receives 98% of the shipments, has remained semi-paralyzed since last October due to phytosanitary matters, according to the Ecuadorian Association of Producers of Teak and Tropical Timber (Asoteca).
Xavier Elizalde, executive director of Asoteca, explained that the reason for this is that the Government of India ordered in October 2016 the fumigation of the logs of imported teak.
India approves methyl bromide as an insecticide, a chemical that is not allowed under the Ecuadorian law. As an alternative, Ecuador presented a proposal through Agrocalidad for the use of aluminum phosphide but is still under analysis.
Until then, India declared an extension, from January 1 until the end of this month, for the Ecuadorian teak to enter without the new measures.
However, according to Elizalde, this has not been effective due to the time of maritime transit to India, which is not less than 60 days. This only allowed teak to be shipped for four weeks and exports were again paralyzed until the approval of the Ecuadorian proposal.