Tension between South Africa and the European Union over citrus escalates to the WTO

South Africa
Regulation & Compliances
Published Apr 17, 2024

Tridge summary

Since 2022, the South African citrus industry has been grappling with stringent EU importation requirements aimed at preventing citrus black spot (CBS), including mandatory cold treatment and inspections. These new regulations have imposed significant financial strains on the industry, prompting South Africa to seek consultations with the EU at the WTO, arguing that these measures are unjustified and disproportionately impact their citrus exports. The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) and government officials have raised concerns over the potential economic repercussions, such as job losses and decreased revenue, especially since the EU market accounts for a third of South Africa's citrus exports. The industry is eager for a resolution as the export season approaches, underlining the critical importance of the EU market to South Africa's rural economies.
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Original content

From 2022, the South African citrus industry has to comply with new requirements imposed by the European Union (EU) for the importation of fruit, such as cold treatment for fruits and inspections to avoid citrus black spot (CBS). . As the South African season is about to begin, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) of the African country requested consultations with the EU at the World Trade Organization regarding to the phytosanitary trade regulations imposed on their citrus fruits. The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) warned that although CBS can cause cosmetic imperfections in the affected fruit and that the world's leading scientists demonstrate that it cannot be transmitted through the fruit as a route, " The EU has continued to apply measures to South African citrus producers. “These involve a detailed program of fumigation and inspections at orchard and ...
Source: MXfruit
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