News and Media

Morocco Citrus Update

As you may be aware, on January 12, 2016, eleven live fruit fly larvae and 29 dead fruit fly larvae were confirmed as Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata, or Medfly) in a shipment of citrus fruit from Morocco. Also, between November and December 2015, the CBP Inspectors have detected 119 dead Diptera larvae in the Tephritidae family indicating apparently high population pressures. As a result of these incidences, all Citrus reticulata (tangerine/clementine/mandarin) and Citrus sinensis (sweet orange) fruit arriving from Morocco on or after Monday, February 8, 2016, will not be allowed to enter the US pending an investigation. As a reminder, all cargo with a bill of lading date no later than Thursday, January 21, 2016, and have successfully completed the prescribed cold treatment and passed inspection will be permitted to enter the United States.

This prohibition will remain in effect until further notice. If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to contact us directly at