Uruguay's first citrus shipments to US set to depart in first half of October, says Uruguay government representative; initial shipment will be four or five containers of Valencia oranges weighing 100 tonnes

LOS ANGELES , September 24, 2013 () – According to a Uruguay government representative, the country's first citrus shipments to the U.S. will depart during the first half of October, Fresh Fruit Portal reported Sept. 24.

Between four and five containers of Valencia oranges would be sent, weighing 100 tonnes, said Federico Montes, Uruguay's Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishing citrus adviser.

The initial shipment will be a “test bench” for future citrus sales in the U.S., which would predominantly be mandarins and other orange varieties, Montes said.

The primary source of this article is Fresh Fruit Portal, Santiago, Chile, on Sept. 24, 2013.

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