After 12 years of negotiations between authorities, South Korea’s Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (QIA) has authorized market entry for Persian limes from Mexico.
In a release, Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Food (SAGARPA) said a work plan had been signed with expectations the first fruit would arrive by the end of the year.
In other developments, QIA also signaled its commitment to start a pest risk analysis (PRA) for importing Mexican table grapes.
The release highlighted the limes mostly came from the states of Veracruz, Yucatán and Oaxaca, and would now have a new market outlet in a country with around 50 million consumers with high purchasing power.
From January to September, National Service for Agricultural Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) statistics show Mexico has exported around 280,000 metric tons (MT) of Persian limes to countries including the United States, Japan and the European Union.
Each year, the Mexican lime industry harvests around two million MT worth of limes acros 170,000 hectares of farmland in the states of Veracruz, Colima, Michoacán, Yucatán and Oaxaca.
The signing comes hot on the heels of another positive development for Mexican citrus fruit in East Asia. On Nov. 2, SAGARPA announced that Japan had approved market entry for Mexican fresh grapefruit grown on orchards in Oxa, Campeche and San Francisco, Yucatán, exported under a systems approach.
SENASICA figures show that from January to September, Mexico shipped 44,000MT of grapefruits from the states of Michoacán, Nueva León, Sinaloa and Sonora to destinations including Germany, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Russia, the U.S. and Japan.