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EU pest interceptions in citrus imports up until July almost equal all of the interceptions of 2019

According to La Unió of Llauradors, up until July, the European Union intercepted 151 shipments of citrus fruit infested with pests in EU ports, a figure that almost equals the 164 interceptions carried out last year.

The country of origin with the most interceptions is Argentina, with a total of 117 this year, 78 of which took place in July. In 2019, the EU intercepted 21 shipments from Argentina, mainly in August and September, and to a lesser extent in October.

July is the month with the most rejected shipments this year with 86 rejections, i.e. 57% of all rejections in 2020. 91% of them came from Argentina. The pests with the most rejections are the black spot or canker, which still hasn't affected the European Union's citrus industry. South Africa, which is just starting its export campaign to the EU, has already had 4 interceptions this year; 3 of which were due to the devastating Thaumatotibia leucotreta or false moth plague.



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