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Import Ban Lifted on Citrus Fruit from Morocco

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Effective Jan. 12, the Department of Agriculture has rescinded its December 2016 order prohibiting the importation of tangerines, clementines, mandarins, and sweet oranges produced in, moved through, or shipped from the Berkane region in Morocco. Such citrus must be exported in accordance with the operational work plan, which includes a systems approach consisting of orchard and packinghouse registration, Mediterranean fruit fly trapping, packinghouse inspections and fruit cutting, lot identification, cold treatment, phytosanitary certificate, and inspection upon arrival. In addition, commercial consignments of citrus fruit from Morocco require a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the fruit was produced and prepared for export in accordance with the OWP.

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