EU Tariff is Great News for California Citrus

It was announced today from the World Trade Organization (WTO) that on October 18, 2019, the U.S. will start to impose tariffs on up to $7.5 billion of goods from the European Union. This comes after subsidies were given to Airbus that created a competitive disadvantage for California Citrus and a multitude of other products.

This will benefit California citrus as the U.S. will place a 25 percent ad valorem tariff on oranges, mandarins, clementines, and lemons imported from all EU countries, besides France. In 2018, Spain imported over 15,000 metric tons, approximately $20 million into the United States. This could positively affect the first quarter of the California citrus season.

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