After protracted negotiations lasting 15 years, Argentine lemons have finally been granted access to the Chinese market. Argentina’s agriculture minister, Luis Basterra, and deputy minister of the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC), Li Guo, signed the phytosanitary protocol in Buenos Aires in 17th December to give the go ahead to exports of the prized Argentine citrus fruit, which is emblematic of the country. Guo highlighted how China wished to continue strengthening the bilateral relationship with Argentina.
Argentina is the world’s fourth biggest producer of fresh lemons and leading processor of lemons. Last year, the South American country exported 250,000 tons of lemons, mainly from the Tucumán region.