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Mexican citrus exports to the Netherlands could increase

The commercial trade in the citrus grown in the Yucatan Peninsula, between Mexico and the Netherlands, could soon grow thanks to the signing of the update of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Mexico (TLCUEM), the ambassador of that country, Margriet Leemhuis, stated.

Europeans are interested in receiving citrus, of which the Yucatan Peninsula is a producer, so the logistics process for their distribution and trade in Europe would have to be reviewed.

"Now we get our citrus from Spain and the US. But they could also come from Yucatan. Why not? We need citrus all year round in the Netherlands, citrus, oranges and lemons are eaten all year round, so it is important to fix this system from the field to the supermarkets in the Netherlands and to fix this chain in Europe," she added.

Until 2017, Yucatan was among the first 10 biggest producers of lemon and oranges in Mexico, according to data from the Agricultural Food and Fisheries Information System.

According to the Ministry of Economy, avocados are among the main products that arrive from Mexico to the Netherlands, mostly from Michoacan.

According to the Dutch ambassador, the model used for the logistics of trade in this fruit could be an example that the citrus follows to arrive to Europe.

"The avocado exporters from Michoacan have already opened an office in the port of Rotterdam as arranging that all these products arrive on time and that the product is carried in a good refrigerated truck requires a lot of work and is very important in Rotterdam," Leemhuis said.


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