South-African Citrus Got Port Access from USDA

A new US Department of Agriculture rule allows better access to US ports for citrus fruits from South Africa.

The USDA is currently reviewing the import regulations for grapefruit, lemons, tangerine, sweet oranges, satsuma, and tangelo from South Africa.

The rules declaration comes into force on November 5th.

In 2013, due to pest control precautions, the USDA allowed South-African citrus fruits to enter the ports of Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Delaware.

Later in 2014, the US department of agriculture has added Houston as a licensed port.

The USDA had previously asked for an opinion on the lifting of the port restrictions, and the agency said most of those who helped were in favor of expanding imports through the port of entry.

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