The president of the National Service for Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa), Carlos Paz, expressed his satisfaction with the work carried out by the agency within the framework of the 2021 citrus export campaign after the agency inspected and certified a historic shipment for Argentina in terms of the cargo capacity of the shipment.
The team of professionals belonging to the offices of San Pedro and Zarate, which are part of Senasa's Buenos Aires North Regional Center's jurisdiction, carried out the phytosanitary certification of a total of 12,260 pallets with 13,634 tons of fresh fruit. The shipment was made of 6,405 pallets of lemons, 4,823 pallets of oranges, 860 pallets of tangerines, 166 pallets of pears, and 6 pallets of walnuts.
The shipment departed from the port of Campana, in the province of Buenos Aires, and is bound for the European Union and the Russian Federation, two of the main destinations where Argentina exports fresh citrus fruit.
"This is a historic shipment of Argentine citrus to the European Union and the Russian Federation, especially of lemon produced in the NOA," Paz said. "In the last season, we have worked very strongly with the producers and the provinces to improve the quality and health of Argentine citrus fruit, which allowed us to access very demanding markets, such as the United States," the head of Senasa added.
"The 2021 campaign is developing normally, thanks to the improvements that are being carried out in the phytosanitary certification to export citrus fruits and as a result of the joint work between Senasa, the private sector, and the provinces," stated the National Director of Plant Protection of Senasa, Diego Quiroga.
Argentina produces nearly 3,542,000 tons of fresh citrus a year and four out of every ten fruits that the country exports belong to this group. In 2020 the country exported 364,800 tons of citrus fruits. 68% of exports corresponded to lemon, 22.5% to orange, 9.2% to mandarin, and 0.2% to grapefruit.