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ECONOMY | 18-04-2018 12:15

Macri to celebrate return of lemon exports to US market following 17-year absence

As a result of trade restrictions, Argentina has not exported lemons to the United States since 2001.

President Mauricio Macri will on Wednesday celebrate the return of Argentine lemon exports to the United States.

The symbolic adiós for Argentina's first batch of lemons to travel from Tucumán province, the country’s biggest lemon producer, to the United States comes after 17 years of trade restrictions.

Troubled negotiations to return to the US market began in 2008 during the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration and were finally resolved in late 2016 under Macri.

The President travelled to Tucumán province on Wednesday where he is scheduled to meet with Governor Juan Manzur, a long-time Peronist foe but a provincial leader with whom the President has begun to move closer.

Macri and Manzur will make a public appearance together at the Argenti Lemon complex on Route 8, near the capital.

The government estimates that the export of Argentine lemons to the United States will add US$ 50 million to the US$ 800 million that Tucumán’s lemons already generate in sales.

The province produces 90 percent of Argentina’s lemons and is one of the world’s most important areas for the cultivation of citric fruits.

Argentina's recently-apointed ambassador to the United States Fernando Oris de Roa has a long history in the Tucumán lemon business, having managed the Compañía Continental de Cereales firm from 1970 to 1993.

-TIMES

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