South African apple exporters are expected to immediately restart shipments to Taiwan after the ban on South African apple imports was lifted by the Taiwanese government. Imports were suspended last year when Taiwanese officials found one false codling moth (FCM) in a consignment of fruit. A Taiwanese delegation visited South Africa last month to review the country’s mitigation processes, and this has now resulted in the all-clear being given. Hortgro says a self-regulation system (PhytClean) will be only partly implemented this season as some of the steps required are not possible at this stage of the campaign. These are pre-harvest fruit damage assessments as well as packhouse delivery assessments. – Fruit Net

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