Argentina: Lemon from Tucuman meets requirements to enter the US

After having visited the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, Governor Juan Manzur said this morning at a press conference, that the US agency would be publishing a resolution permitting the entry of lemons from Tucuman into the North American market.

"At a meeting with representatives of the USDA, we found that we already had completed all the technical documentation related to the certification of our citrus," Manzur said. He also said this was the third time that he had visited the USDA and met with its officials and that the province had supported all the technical visits that the American agency had conducted in Tucuman to review the plantations, packing facilities, and industries in the area.

"The only thing that's missing and that, according to the officials there should happen soon, is the political decision of the US government to publish the standard on the website. From then on, the market will be open to our exports," the Governor said.

Tariffs on strawberries
Manzur also met with the Argentine ambassador to the United States, Martin Lousteau; in this regard, he said that on January 10 the diplomat would attend the first hearing to begin the process of removing tariffs for strawberry entering the United States.

Tucuman's strawberry, among other products, was penalized with an 11% tariff because of a conflict that Argentina had with holdouts.


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