Navigating Challenges Amidst Promising Prospects in the Upcoming Citrus Season

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As we slowly approach the upcoming citrus import season, stakeholders in the industry are brimming with anticipation for what lies ahead. However, amidst the excitement, there are also challenges to navigate, one of which is the increased sampling by the European Union.  

The reopening of the European Union market for citrus exports from Argentina has injected a sense of optimism into the industry. Collaborating with Argentine exporters presents a promising opportunity, particularly with the involvement of various family-owned businesses from Tucuman. Yet, this optimism is tempered by the reality of heightened scrutiny and sampling procedures imposed by the European Union on South African Citrus. Increased sampling can lead to delays in shipments, impacting the freshness and shelf life of organic citrus fruits.  

In addition to regulatory hurdles, the industry faces uncertainty surrounding citrus crops in key producing regions. South Africa's citrus harvest is anticipated to be robust, offering hope for ample lemon and orange yields. However, in Peru, concerns linger over the potential impacts of El Niño on lemon crops, necessitating careful monitoring and contingency planning.  

The ongoing drought in Spain poses a significant threat to citrus production, with the looming prospect of diminished yields in the coming seasons, a quick start of the import season is to be expected. Adequate rainfall is crucial to mitigate the effects of drought.  

As we start to receive the first indications from our growers we would love to hear your plans for the upcoming season! We encourage you to reach out to your dedicated Eosta account manager. Get in touch today to kickstart your citrus journey with us!