Spain: Exporters accuse South Africa of "threats and blackmail" to the European Union over citrus fruits

South Africa
Regulation & Compliances
Published Apr 19, 2024

Tridge summary

The CGC, a group of private citrus exporters from Spain, has criticized South Africa's decision to consult the WTO over the EU's phytosanitary measures on citrus fruits, labeling it as a tactic to avoid stricter import regulations. South Africa's citrus exports have faced numerous rejections in the EU due to Citrus Black Spot (CBS), with a significant increase in interceptions in 2023. The CGC argues that South Africa's actions, which contrast with the more stringent U.S. stance that bans citrus from CBS-affected areas, amount to pre-emptive blackmail. This dispute highlights ongoing tensions between South Africa and the EU over agricultural import regulations, raising questions about the effectiveness of South Africa's phytosanitary measures and the credibility of its Citrus Growers Association.
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Original content

The association of private citrus exporters from Spain (Management Committee-CGC), predicted “little progress” to the call for consultation that South Africa announced this week against the European Union, in relation to the phytosanitary regulations imposed on its citrus fruits. For the CGC, this action, which is launched as a threat prior to a hypothetical dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO), questions the community regulations that regulate imports of citrus fruits from third countries to avoid the presence of Black Spot (Citrus Black Spot or P. citricarpa). “This is not a new regulation,” the committee indicated in a statement, since “with these same conditions, South Africa has led the ranking of European rejections at the border due to the presence of this disease for the last three years until 2023, a year in which the one in which all records were broken and the highest number of interceptions due to this plague was reached (51).” Inmaculada Sanfeliu, president ...
Source: MXfruit
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