According to an analysis of the 2020 southern countries' citrus campaign by the Top Info website, which specializes in fruit markets, last year's campaign ended well for Argentine exporters. This, despite the impact that the suspension of citrus exports to the European Union in 2020 had on the Argentine citrus sector, due to the detection of the black spot pest in some shipments.
According to the report, after the suspension, part of the lemon shipments that were going to be sent to Europe could be diverted to other markets. The US, a market that was opened 4 years ago, bought higher volumes and imported 34,000 tons.
Eastern Europe also bought higher volumes, the highest in the last 10 years. Likewise, shipments to Asia increase, celebrating the opening of the Chinese market with a shipment of 1,000 tons.
“There's no doubt that the 2020 campaign was very positive for southern exporters. Export records were reached in most cases. In general, both the consumption of citrus fruits worldwide and the volumes traded increased strongly without affecting prices, which in general remained at satisfactory levels,” stated the author of the report and director of Top Info, Betina Ernst.
The UK deregulates citrus imports
Meanwhile, it emerged this week that the UK deregulated citrus imports, including those from South Africa, after its effective exit from the European Union earlier this year. Thus, from now on, producers in South Africa and Latin America, including Argentina, will be able to export these fruits to the UK without a phytosanitary certificate, which reduces bureaucracy and allows producers to respond more quickly to changes in the British market's demand.
Senasa is currently negotiating the reopening of the European market in general for April of this year if possible. In July of last year, Senasa decided to suspend exports of fresh lemons to the EU for the remainder of the 2020 season due to the presence of Black Spot, a quarantine pest that is absent in EU territory.