Argentina Update: New information available regarding the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina to the United States.

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Office of Agricultural Affairs, Buenos Aires
U.S. Embassy, Buenos Aires
(011-54-11) 5777-4627

Country specific data deemed reliable but not guaranteed. The information for Argentina was last updated Tuesday, July 12th.


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 In a letter to APHIS, Western Growers requested the comment period be extended 120 days, citing concerns that outdated pest risk assessments could expose California and Arizona citrus growers to quarantined pests.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.

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States.

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Sr. Director, Federal Government Affairs
202-296-0191 x7302
Director, International Trade & Transportation

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