APHIS Publishes Final Rule Authorizing Importation of Korean Hybrid Unshu Oranges

APHIS Publishes Final Rule Authorizing Importation of Korean Hybrid Unshu Oranges

On January 30, 2015, APHIS published a final rule with immediate effect authorizing the importation of hybrid unshu oranges from South Korea. This publication will enable Korea to export a limited amount of oranges this shipping season, which ends in early February. Korean citrus exports to the United States totaled $1.6 million in calendar year (CY) 2013, and this final rule will likely enable a small increase in additional citrus exports in the coming years. By contrast, U.S. fresh citrus exports to Korea totaled $229.5 million in CY 2013 accounting for more that 20 percent of total U.S. citrus exports and making Korea the 2nd largest export market for U.S. citrus.