As of July 1, the suspension of Argentinian fresh lemon exports to Europe came into force following several detections of black spot in some shipments upon arrival at European ports.
“In the last two weeks, the number of black spot detections has skyrocketed, so we believe that this has been a correct and necessary measure. As a sector, we have to find where the problem is in order to solve it. We are concerned about what has taken place this campaign, but we are even more concerned about what is to come. That is why I think Argentina should soon review the lemon export protocol for Europe. It is clear that this situation will bring changes and adjustments for future campaigns,” says Francisco Rotella, commercial director of the Argentinian lemon producer and marketer Citrusvil.
“We were planning on exporting our lemons until between July 15 and 20, but with this we have basically put an early end to a disappointing campaign,” says Rotella. “Considering that there are still some 50,000 tons of Argentinian lemons at sea, on their way to Europe, any shipments made after this break will be insignificant,” he said.