The United States (US) has decided to amend regulations regarding importation of citrus from the whole of South Africa into the US. Previously, only citrus from the Western Cape and Northern Cape, where citrus black spot does not occur, were allowed. With the rule published in the United States Federal Registry of 11 June, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has started a process to allow citrus from across South Africa and it is almost certain that the wording of the rule, as it currently stands, will be accepted.

“This action will allow for the importation of fresh citrus fruit, including citrus hybrids, from South Africa while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests into the United States,” reads the amendment. “This is positive news because the citrus industry is in a growth phase and this is a validation of our standpoint regarding citrus black spot,” says an industry representative. Trial shipments with citrus from the northern and eastern parts of South Africa will test the waters this season before large shipments start next year. Click here to read the full article. – Fresh Plaza