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Federal Order Banning Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Clementine, and Mandarin from Berkane, Morocco

Recent inspections of clementines from the Berkane region of Morocco by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Philadelphia, found live Medfly larvae prompting APHIS to ban importation of tangerines, clementines, mandarins and sweet oranges from the region. The federal order, sent on Dec. 23, states that fruit “produced in, packaged in, moved through or shipped from,” the region is prohibited. Citrus products from other regions of the country will need to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate and a declaration that the fruit was not in the Berkane region at any point along the supply chain.

Any shipments currently on the water bound for the U.S. from the Berkane region will be allowed to enter the U.S. if it arrives at a port of entry north of 39 degrees latitude and east of 104 degrees longitude by Jan. 6, passes cold treatment, and shows no pest risk upon inspection.