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SA challenges EU citrus regulations for second time

South Africa has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the European Union's regulations on citrus black spot (CBS). The complaint addresses changes the EU made to phytosanitary requirements concerning imports of oranges and other citrus products due to concerns about the false codling moth (FCM). This dispute,, initially brought up in July 2022, is still under adjudication.
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The EU is a major market for South African citrus fruit, accounting for a third of its citrus exports and the move is the African country's second-ever WTO complaint.

"South Africa has requested WTO dispute consultations with the European Union concerning certain aspects of the regime imposed by the European Union on the importation of South African citrus fruit," the WTO said in a statement.

New measures imposed by the EU require enhanced cold treatment for fruit due to concerns over false codling moth, a pest commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa, and citrus black spot, a fungal disease which leaves dark spots on fruit.

Parties to the dispute have 60 days to discuss and resolve the matter, the WTO said. If consultations fail, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.

South African farmers, who are battling power supply and logistics challenges as well as higher input costs, say increased CBS risk management requirements add about $100m annually in costs.

Source: Reuters

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Reporting by Nelson Banya; Editing by Alexandra Hudson and Alexander Smith.
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