South African lemons: China greenlights new export protocol

China greenlights more favorable South African lemon export protocol

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China greenlights more favorable South African lemon export protocol

The new export protocol agreed for exports of South African lemons to the Chinese market can now be implemented, according to the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA).

CGA CEO Justin Chadwick said that the Department Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) last week received the signed protocol which was announced in June revises the shipping temperature for disinfestation of lemons destined for China.

"DALRRD has informed industry that this protocol can now be implemented. The revised protocol for the export of citrus from South Africa to China changes the disinfestation treatment for lemons – increasing the shipping temperature," Chadwick said.

He explained the revised protocol for the export of citrus from South Africa to China changes the disinfestation treatment for lemons – increasing the shipping temperature. This is key as lemons are susceptible to cold damage at low shipping temperatures, he said.

"The signing and publication of this revised protocol is very important for the lemon sector of the South African citrus industry. Until now very few lemon consignments have been exported to China due to the disinfestation treatment requirements," he said.

"It is anticipated that this change will result in increased exports of lemons to China – where the demand for lemons is good. It is also anticipated that South Africa will send some shipments of lemons to China under this revised protocol in 2021 as a precursor to larger volumes in 2022.

"The [CGA] would like to thank China Plant Health (GACC) and [DALRRD] for finalising this revised protocol."

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