Ecuador ships first bananas to Brazil in 21 years

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Ecuador ships first bananas to Brazil in 21 years

The first container of bananas from Ecuador has arrived at the Brazilian port of Santos after a 21 years hiatus, amid an ongoing drought in the Portuguese-speaking country that has affected production.

"This is a historic milestone in the commercial relationship between the two countries," said Alexis Villamar, director of the Pro Ecuador commercial office in Brazil.

He said it highlights the work done by the institute as well as the Ecuadorian embassy in Brasilia to reopen the market.

Since last year, the two institutes have worked to establish and verify the Ecuadorian production and management standards. Brazilian officials also evaluated the phytosanitary measures in place in the world's top exporting country.

The shipment, exported by Tropical Fruit, contained a total of 144 boxes of the fruit.

The company's general manager Oswaldo Menéndez said the opening of the Brazilian market would provide stability to the banana sector as sales decrease in the Northern Hemisphere.

Meanwhile, Villamar believes that the main beneficiaries will be the consumers, who will now have more product choice.

A significant part of Brazil has been under severe drought conditions since 2014.

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