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Imports of Two Unshu Orange Hybrids from Korea Allowed

Friday, January 30, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Jan. 30, will allow the importation into the continental United States of commercial consignments of two Unshu orange hybrids from South Korea. These imports will be subject to the existing conditions for the importation of Unshu oranges from Korea.

This rule also adds to the regulations an explicit statement that only commercial consignments of Unshu oranges are eligible for importation into the continental U.S.

APHIS notes that more than 99 percent of Korea’s Unshu oranges are consumed domestically and that only about 0.6 percent (3,611 metric tons valued at $4.8 million) were exported in 2012, including 743 MT to the U.S. APHIS concludes that even if imports of Unshu oranges from Korea were to reach 2,000 MT, their share of the U.S. market for mandarin varieties is expected to remain negligible (about 1.4 percent of U.S. imports and 0.3 percent of U.S. domestic supply of all mandarin varieties.) In addition, given that fresh Unshu orange imports are predominantly supplied by Japan and Korea, APHIS expects that any product displacement caused by increased imports from Korea would be largely borne by imports from Japan.

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