Monday, September 11, 2006

Peru to Triple Citrus Exports to US

Peru's citrus growers look to increase three-fold exports of their product to US markets in 2007.

The Asociación de Productores de Cítricos, the Citrus Growers Association, known as Procitrus, is expecting to triple citrus exports to the US in 2007. Their projection for 2007 is for a total of 6000 metric tons of citrus exports from Peru to the US.

This past June, the US Department of Agriculture finally lifted restrictions on Peruvian citrus products entering the US, clearing the way for an expansion in export production. Producers in Peru, while happy with the news, had hoped the decision would have been made earlier in the year. They blame the delay in the lifting of the restrictions for not meeting their 2006 projected export total of 2000 metric tons. As it stands, by year's end, Peru projects 1800 metric tons of citrus exports to the US.

Peruvian citrus includes grapefruit, key limes, tangerines, oranges, and tangelo.

Source: Perú 21

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