Supplies in US citrus market fall
China gives green light to US blueberry imports
Despite the escalating tensions between the two countries, China has announced it will allow imports of blueberries from the United States as of Thursday 14th May, according to notices on the country’s customs website. The move is part of an agreement signed in January to increase imports of US agricultural products by an additional $32 billion over two years as part of a Phase 1 deal to ease the trade war between the economic superpowers. The fruit must meet the relevant requirements.
APHIS Authorizes Importation of Fresh Citrus Fruit from China
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is authorizing the importation of five types of commercially produced fresh citrus fruit from China into the continental United States. After thorough analysis, APHIS scientists determined that pummelo, Nanfeng honey mandarin, ponkan, sweet orange, and Satsuma mandarin fruit from China can be safely imported into the United States under a systems approach to protect against the introduction of plant pests.
The 2020 California Organic Produce Summit cancelled due to pandemic
Agreement opens opportunities for US fruit in Japan
US dependent on Mexican citrus
Consumption of fresh citrus on the US market totalled 3.9 million tons in 2018. Oranges only account for 47% of total citrus consumption and soft citrus represents only 19%. Instead, market share is higher than in the EU for lime (13%), lemon (13%) and grapefruit (8%). In 2017, US imports of citrus totalled 944,000 tons, having climbed steadily from 580,000 in 2008. Around 43% of imported citrus to the US is sourced from neighbouring Mexico, with the next largest supplier being Chile (29%), followed by South Africa (7.7%), Peru (6%) and Morocco (5.4%).
PMA summit sets new attendance record
This year’s PMA Fresh Summit, held in Anaheim, California, saw a record number of attendees, with 24,000 professionals from the sector. Attendance may have been boosted by having the expo on a Friday and Saturday, as opposed to on a Saturday and Sunday, as was previously the case before last year’s switch.
US targets China’s neighbours
In light of the ongoing trade war with China, the US is exploring openings in other Asian markets. As part of this strategy, the US Department of Agriculture sent delegates from fresh produce organisations to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) from 15 to 18 October to meet counterparts from Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar. Delegates include representative of the Almond Board of California, California Blueberry Commission, Oregon Berry Packing and Coconut King Miami Beach.