Asian country joins a growing list of global markets for Uruguay, whose citrus industry has experience a resurgence in recent years

Uruguay citrus aerial

Vietnam has given the green light to imports of mandarins from Uruguay. Uruguay’s Ministry of Agriculture said it will soon open the registration process for companies wishing to ship to the Asian country.

Vietnam joins a growing list of markets for the South American country, which already exports citrus to the European Union, US and China, amongst others.

Last year Uruguay exported US$£38m of mandarins in 2022 to more than 30 markets worldwide.

With 15,000ha of production and an annual crop of around 300,000 tonnes, citrus represent Uruguay’s leading fruit export.

The sector has enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent years, seeing a spate of investments from Peruvian, Argentine and US citrus companies drawn by its fertile soil and ample water reserves.

Last year also saw a number of new varieties developed by the National Citrus Consortium’s Citrus Breeding Program of Uruguay released for licensing in the Southern Hemisphere and North America.