Morocco seeks U.S. access for blueberries

01/03/2014 01:03:00 PM
Tom Karst

USDAMorocco will be allowed to ship blueberries to the U.S., according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal.

The USDA said in a Federal Register Jan. 2 notice that said the USDA will accept comments on the proposal through March 3.

Under the terms of the proposal, fresh blueberries from Morocco will have to be treated to eliminate the threat of pests before they can be shipped to the U.S.

The USDA notice said Morocco expects to export 360,000 pounds of fresh blueberries to the U.S. annually. That volume would account for about one-tenth of 1% of U.S. fresh blueberry supply, according to the USDA. Morocco is expected to export fresh blueberries to the U.S. in July and August, according to the USDA.



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Bobby Stokes    
Oregon  |  January, 03, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Nothing against Morocco but the North American market is already saturated in July and August...strange move in an already crowded deal...

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