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Tonnes of South African citrus jammed in EU ports, disputes

Tonnes of South African citrus jammed in EU ports, disputes

Tonnes of oranges are rotting in containers stuck in European ports and could be wasted as South Africa and the European Union have a trade dispute over import rules.

South Africa, the world's second-largest exporter of fresh citrus fruit after Spain, filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) last month when the EU introduced new phytosanitary requirements that growers say threaten their survival. Theirs.

The measures came into effect in July when ships carrying hundreds of containers full of South African fruit destined for Europe were already at sea, causing them to be blocked on arrival, according to the South African Growers Association (CGA).

"This is a complete and utter disaster," CGA CEO Justin Chadwick told AFP.

EU rules aim to combat the possible spread of the moth. The EU requires all oranges destined for European tables to undergo extreme cold treatment and be kept at temperatures of two degrees Celsius or less for 25 days, which South African growers say is not necessary as the country already has more targeted means to prevent infection.

In its complaint to the WTO, South Africa argues that the EU's demands are not "based on science", "discriminatory" and excessive.

Source: Euronews

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