This past week the industry received verbal notice, which was confirmed in writing on Monday [4 August 2014]; that the Chinese market is now open for California citrus. “It has been over 14 months since we had official access to one our larger export markets,” reports Joel Nelsen, President of California Citrus Mutual. The industry must adhere to strict cultural practices, document the activity and fruit must be inspected prior to leaving shipping point…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Aug 2014
- Californian citrus exporters primarily ship cartons of navel oranges, lemons and Valencia oranges to China.
- In April 2013, Chinese authorities abruptly banned Californian citrus imports over the detection of Phytophthora syringae or brown rot in shipments.
- In February 2013, Chinese authorities notified the USA that it detected brown rot in six containers out of 250, but did not provide any follow-up announcement until mid-April 2013.