Technical negotiations between the National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in the United States (APHIS) have led to the signing of the operational action plan which gives the green light to the official opening of the US market to Moroccan raspberry exports for the first time.
This agreement is the result of negotiations initiated between the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forestry in Morocco and its American counterpart, ONSSA noted in a statement.
The US authorities also require that the fruit be packed in packing units authorized by the ONSSA, the same source adds, noting that they also require that all exports must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the Office, certifying that the fruit has actually been produced and packed in accordance with US requirements.
In addition, the number of establishments authorized by the competent services of ONSSA, which operate in the red fruit sector is 68, said the press release, stressing that the opening of this new market will contribute to the increase of Moroccan exports of red fruit, a sector that has experienced continuous development in recent years under the Green Morocco Plan and the efforts of professionals in the sector.
It should also be noted that Morocco exports more than 140,000 tons of red fruits per year to more than forty countries, including member countries of the European Union, continues the same source.
Within the framework of its intervention in the red fruit sector, the ONSSA ensures the control and protection of these fruits. In addition, the competent services of the Office issue health authorizations to establishments operating in the sector, as well as controlling the export of red fruit plants and products.