According to FreshFruitPortal.com, Chinese official have once again granted market access to California citrus growers. The decision was made following a 15-month trade cessation resulting from China’s concerns over various issues, but mostly focusing on how producers mitigated China’s exposure to phytophthora root rot. Industry official were informed of the decision by the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) last week.
A Chinese delegation visited California recently to get a better understanding of how the fruit was produced and to inspect field conditions. The trip helped clarify some misconceptions the Chinese had and as a result, trade protocol language and agreements were developed.
Although the main export season will not start until this fall or winter, Western Growers Executive Vice President Matt McInerney said the agreement is a welcome announcement. McInerney, who oversees trade matters for the Association said, “Allowing our growers to tap back into China is critical, especially since it was previously the third-largest market for citrus exports,” McInerney said. “Hats off to California Citrus Mutual, the California Citrus Quality Council and APHIS for their diligent efforts in seeing this important trade initiative through,” he added.
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