EU seeks to avoid South African citrus ban: document
The European Commission has proposed dropping a ban on South African citrus imports but said it could be re-imposed if shipments contain a fungal disease, according to a document obtained by Reuters.
The European Union, which buys 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) of South African citrus exports every year, banned mainly oranges, lemons, and tangerines from South Africa late last year because of a fungal disease found in shipments.
EU member states will vote today (Wednesday) on whether to extend the ban, a measure that would block about 600,000 tonnes of citrus fruit for the MayOctober season.
The Commission, which coordinates trade policy for the 28-member bloc, says such a step is not necessary and recommends only considering a ban if the black spot disease is found in five different shipments from South Africa.