Despite not sounding like a big deal, this is very good news that has been a long time coming for Argentina.
The U.S. originally banned the entry of Argentine lemons into the States back in 2001, and it has taken years to finally be reapproved — considering a request was made back in 2008. However, according to a statement released by the Argentine Ministry of Production, as of 2017 and with the appropriate phytosanitary certificates, fresh lemons produced in Argentina will be making their way onto North American store shelves in the coming year.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sent the regulation to authorize the entry of Argentine lemons. Once published, it will be available on the website of the US Federal Register and will take effect within 30 days.
One concern when dealing with these lemons is the reproduction of the Mediterranean fly. SENASA is already working with the US agency to meet the requirement that Argentine lemons be treated to prevent this, so that they can enter the United States for the next harvest, estimated to be April 2017.
The bilateral cooperation between the Argentine Ministry of Production and the United States Department of Commerce represents the efforts of both countries toward improving the regional economy and business relations between the U.S. and Argentina. The primary aim of the venture being to increase and diversify bilateral flows of goods and services — a very positive take on the old saying “when life gives you lemons.”