Japan May Resume Coffee Imports From Ethiopia – Report

April 16th, 2009 | by addis portal |

Bloomberg news is reporting that the Japanese government may resume coffee imports from Ethiopia. Bloomberg quoted Kinichi Komano, Japan’s ambassador to Ethiopia as saying, “Some Japanese businesses are seriously negotiating with Ethiopian businesses for the resumption of imports to Japan”

Japan stopped the import of Ethiopian coffee after authorities found “abnormally high” pesticide residues in the beans.

Ethiopia is Africa’s biggest coffee producer. Japan had previously purchased about 20 percent of the country’s exports, making it Ethiopia’s third-largest market after Germany and Saudi Arabia, according to the Trade Ministry.

Last February the Ethiopian government has urged Japan to lift the ban.

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