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China reopens to California Citrus

California Citrus Exporters,


The California Citrus Quality Council (CCQC) is contacting you to advise the industry that USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHS) has signed an agreement with China’s quarantine regulatory authority (AQSIQ) to reopen the Chinese market to California citrus effective today.  The agreement will be valid for two years, covering the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons.   If necessary, an additional agreement will be signed for the 2016-2017 season depending on an evaluation of the previous two seasons.  Additionally, Chinese technical officers will visit California in the first year to “conduct supervision and inspection” of Phytophthora mitigation measures applied to California citrus.


To comply with the agreement, the California industry must implement the following measures:


  • ·         Skirt prune trees
  • ·         Harvest only fruit that is higher than 50 cm (20 inches) from the ground
  • ·         Monitor for Phytophthora
  • ·         Apply at least one copper application after the first rainfall
  • ·         Make preventative copper applications based on rainfall, temperature and Phytophthora infection rate
  • ·         Packinghouses must screen and remove decayed fruit
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We expect AQSIQ to closely monitor California citrus shipments on arrival, not only for Phytophthora infections, but pesticide residues.  We urge packinghouses to take every precaution to ensure that shipments meet all of China’s regulatory requirements.


CCQC, Sunkist and Citrus Mutual would like to acknowledge and thank APHIS and UC Riverside’s Jim Adaskaveg for their outstanding contributions in reopening the market.


Please contact me by telephone at (530) 885-1894 or via e-mail at jcranney@calcitrusquality.org if you have questions or need additional information.





California Citrus Quality Council

853 Lincoln Way, Suite 206

Auburn, CA 95603

Tel:  (530) 885-1894

Fax: (530) 885-1546

James R. Cranney, President: jcranney@calcitrusquality.org

Carleen Price, Executive Assistant: cprice@calcitrusquality.org




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