Working For You on a Global Level
As you face the challenges of conducting international business, we provide assistance with issues related to import and export trade. Western Growers tackles a wide range of obstacles affecting export markets so your business can succeed in the global marketplace.
From Our Members
Western Growers has proven to be an effective and knowledgeable resource whether dealing with U.S. or foreign government trade regulations. — Rodney Van Bebber, Pappas Produce Sales, Inc.
Whether dealing with invasive pest issues or trade regulations in a foreign market, Western Growers can provide expert assistance and support in resolving trade related issues. — Steve Smith, Turlock Fruit Company, Inc.
Western Growers has been instrumental in directly engaging with government officials on behalf of my company in resolving international border issues ensuring the continued flow trade between the U.S. and Mexico. — Victor Smith, JVSmith Companies
Western Growers is my first call when faced with an international trade issue demanding immediate attention. — Chad Amaral, D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of California
Country Specific Info
Office of Agricultural Affairs, Buenos Aires
U.S. Embassy, Buenos Aires
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has extended by 30 days the comment period on a proposed rule that would amend U.S. import requirements to allow the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina until August 10, 2016. In a letter to APHIS, Western Growers requested the comment period be extended 120 days, citing concerns that outdated pest risk assessments could expose California and Arizona citrus growers to quarantined pests.
Apples and Pears
Listed 2010-2014: Since 2009, Argentina has blocked imports of U.S. apples and pears due to concerns about the efficacy of post-harvest treatments for Erwinia amylovora (the bacterium that causes fire blight). The United States has submitted technical information to Argentine plant health officials documenting that there is no evidence that mature, symptomless apple and pear fruit transmit fire blight. The United States will continue to work with Argentine officials to address the issue and reinstate the issuance of permits for importation.
The U.S. industry has stated in the past that they believe Argentina would be a small but good market for U.S. apples and pears during Argentina’s off-season. However, the Argentine fruit industry has recently improved its cold storage capacity and has expanded its marketing season. We see a potential market of $1 million annually for both apples (70 percent share) and pears (30 percent share) during Argentina’s off season.