Canada has accepted the Italian phytosanitary protocol, so kiwis can now be sold on the market without any problems. Last year, the lack of an agreement had caused a few issues. In particular, the question concerned Lobesia botrana
which, although specific to table grapes, might in theory affect kiwis as well.
The Canadian authorities reviewed their risk analysis and confirmed that Italian operators can export freely by complying with existing protocols. The communication was sent by the Canadian Plant protection and horticultural service to the Italian Ministry.
The Canadian authorities also approved plum imports, so much so that a few containers have already been shipped over the past few weeks. In this case, a protocol was drafted that certifies the chain with a series of checks from field to export.
"Canada is not a simple market for kiwis, as it often purchases at an open price, meaning operators import first and then pay depending on the market situation. However, it's rather difficult to understand whether there's a profit while in Italy. This is why I only export when I can establish a reference price," explains an exporter from Veneto.
As regards kiwi exports to Mexico, the Italian authorities are waiting for the protocol to be approved after the first dozen of test containers.