Argentina launches WTO action against the U.S.
Argentina has lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the U.S. for not allowing the South American country's citrus or meat products to enter the market.
In a release, Argentina's Ministry of Foreign Relations and Culture said if the U.S. did not provide a satisfactory response, it would demand an analysis of the country's protectionist practices by a panel of experts.
The ministry highlighted Argentine lemons were approved for U.S. entry in 2000, with citrus exports of 20,000 metric tons (MT) to the market. However, after a short period a U.S. court reinstated the prohibition after the requests of 'protectionist lobby groups'.
"Argentine lemons are currently the victims of a judicial trade barrier," the release said.
"Argentina exports citrus to destinations with very high health standards such as the Netherlands, Spain and Italy, which don't have a doubt about the excellent quality of the Argentine product."