As a result of the health benefits associated with pomegranates, the German consumption of pomegranates is increasing. An interesting opportunity for pomegranate exporters lies in exports of ready-to-eat pomegranate arils. Producers in the Southern Hemisphere have the potential to offer pomegranates in the offseason of the Northern Hemisphere, where most pomegranates are produced.
This Exporter Guide Report provides an update of all sections, including trade data and local business and government contacts. In January 2010, the newly established National Office for Food Safety (ONSSA) assumed its function as the main agency in charge of food import and export inspections in Morocco.
The Moroccan citrus export season of 2008/09 has been disappointing. Total citrus exports are estimated at 469,150 tons, a decline of 15 percent compared to exports in 2007/08 and about 28 percent below the government’s target for this year. Most of the decline occurred in orange exports. Exports to Russia, the main export market, suffered a sharp decline.