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Mexican exports of citrus fruits and their derivatives increase by 28.3% between January and July 2021

Mexican exports of this group of fruits represent 78.22% of citrus imports from the United States, its main target market.


Mexican limes.

In the seventh month of the year, exports of citrus fruits and their derivatives increased 28.3 percent, reaching a total value of 912.3 million dollars, above the 711 million dollars in the same period of 2020, the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development of Mexico highlighted.

Based on data from the Mexican Agrifood and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), he explained that the main destination for foreign sales of Mexican citrus fruits -orange, mandarin, grapefruit and lime, mainly- is the United States, in addition to the Netherlands, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.

The federal agency indicated that the international sale of processed products derived from citrus is an opportunity to attract more foreign exchange.

For example, orange juice exports grew 36 percent in the January-July period, totaling 278.5 million dollars, while in the same period last year they totaled 204.8 million dollars, said Agriculture.

Citrus fruits are fruits of high consumption in Mexico and of the main export products, with characteristics that distinguish them. The following derivatives are also found in foreign trade: juices, essential oils, peels and purees.

He highlighted that Mexico is the second world exporter of lemon, with 17.7 percent of the value of world sales, while the orange is the perennial crop with the largest planted area, and our country is the fourth world producer of grapefruit.

Mexican exports of this group of fruits represent 78.22 percent of citrus imports from the United States, this being the main target market.

Citrus fruits originated twenty million years ago in Asia. They grow in countries with hot climates because they are resistant to heat.

What has caused them to be cultivated all over the world is their delicious taste and healing properties, because in addition to the fruits, the flowers and leaves have uses in medicine and in the kitchen, explained the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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