Citrus black spot – proactive market closure to EU

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BLACK SPOT

 The South African citrus industry has on 20 Oct 2017, at a special meeting of the Citrus Growers Association (CGA) Citrus Black Spot (CBS) Disaster Management Committee, decided to proactively suspend the export of citrus fruit to the European Union [EU] with immediate effect (with the exception of soft citrus and exports from the Western and Northern Cape).

The industry has requested the Department of Agriculture to give effect to this decision by suspending inspection and the issuing of Phyto Certificates for all EU citrus exports, except on soft citrus and all citrus exports from the CBS free areas.

The SA citrus industry in partnership with the SA government have worked tirelessly over the past 6 years to maintain South Africa’s comprehensive CBS risk management programme.

This decision was taken as a measure to ensure continued access in future to the EU market, which is of significant importance to all industry stakeholders, not to mention the 100 000 people we employ.