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Argentina Lemons will be Available for First Time in Years

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A24Patience is a virtue if you are wanting to get through the bureaucratic red tape and import South American lemons, at least those from Argentina.  But the long wait is over as shipments are arriving at U.S. ports to be trucked across North America.

The first U.S. bound lemons in 17 years from Argentina’s Tucumán citrus growing region arrive this week after departing that South American country April 18th.

Argentina had been seeking to have exports of lemons to the U.S. allowed since 2001, when a U.S. District Court in California overturned a USDA rule from a year earlier allowing lemon imports from Argentina.

Argentina’s provinces of Tucumán, Salta and Jujuy will export between 15,000 and 20,000 metric tons of lemons to the U.S. during the 2018 season.  Most of Argentina’s lemon shipments are expected in June and July.

Argentina’s lemon exports in 2017 totaled 241,000 metric tons, with the top destinations listed as Spain, Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece and Canada.

Argentina Lemons

Argentia’s lemons will be arriving in the U.S. through Citromax, Carlstadt, N.J.

The company has over 13,000 acres of lemons in Tucuman, Argentina. .

“We are very proud to say that Citromax is the only American-owned lemon producer that is packing and selling lemons into the United States retail market,” Vivian Glueck, president of the Citromax Group, said in a news release. “We are thrilled that the recent lifting of trade restrictions has opened up the U.S. market, and we are moving ahead with bringing the highest-quality lemon fruit to American consumers.”

A February court decision in favor of the USDA’s approval of the import of Argentine lemons allows the fruit into the U.S. for the first time in 17 years.

The lemons will carry Citromax brands, and are being imported by Seald Sweet, The Oppenheimer Group and Vision Import Group; those companies will also market the lemons.

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U.S. Potato Shipping Update; Imports of Argentina Lemons Gets Okay

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dscn8596Two-thirds of the nation’s potatoes have yet to be shipped for the 2016-17 season.  Meanwhile, Argentina lemons will be permitted to enter the U.S., with first arrivals next spring.

About 34 percent of the U.S. potato crop has been shipped thus far this season as of December 1st.  The 13 major potato shipping states had 269 million cwt. of potatoes in storage at the beginning of the month, up 2 percent from a year ago.

The nation’s largest potato shipper, Idaho, had 72 percent of its fall crop — 100 million cwt. — remaining in storage on December 1st.  Washington state, which is a distant second to Idaho in volume, had 57 million cwt. of potatoes in storage December 1st, which was 54 percent of its crop.

Idaho potato shipments – grossing about $5100 to New York City.

San Luis Valley, Colorado potatoes – grossing about $4300 to Chicago.

Argentina Lemon Imports

The USDA has ruled fresh lemons from Argentina will be permitted to be imported into the U.S., which has greatly upset California citrus leaders.   The rule is the result of 10 years of study on pest risks.  The agriculture department projects  Argentina may export between 15,000 and 20,000 metric tons of fresh lemons to the U.S. annually, or about 4 percent of the average total U.S. lemon volume (based on shipments from 2008 to 2014) of 535,244 metric tons.

Most Argentina lemons are expected to be arriving at U.S. ports between April 1st and August 31st.  Based on imports of 18,000 metric tons, the USDA estimates that the effect of Argentina lemon exports to the U.S. will be a lemon price reduction of about 4 percent. This is not the first time Argentina has been approved to ship lemons to the U.S.  Argentina had shipped close to 1.5 million cartons of lemons to the U.S. in 2000-01 before U.S. grower concerns about pest and disease threats — including canker — were upheld in a California court.

 

 

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