Ecuador: “Zero paper” to rule banana shipment plans

Fresh Plaza (Mar. 14, 2012) | From 19 March, Ecuadorian banana exporters will have to put down their shipment plans at, to be updated daily. This way, the information is controlled in real time. Alfonso Roggiero, director for the Banana Department in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Water Culture and Fishing (MAGAP), announced it yesterday in Guayaquil. This way, businessmen will not have to bring documents to MAGAP offices any more, to manualy register weekly data, which caused delays on the provisional shipment plans and definitive ones. This was a cause for sanctions, as included in the “Banana Law”, intensively applied since last month.