The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that after March 31, 2023, it will not be enforcing the juice content requirements for the 2023-24 season as it works with industry to review the imported grapefruit juice content requirements. While these specific import regulation requirements, issued under Section 608e of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1937 Act, will not be enforced, all other standards for grade, size, and maturity remain unchanged.
In August 2022, USDA notified the industry that the juice content requirements would be enforced from October 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023, while these requirements were reviewed by the Department. USDA is conducting extensive outreach to citrus industry representatives to develop a permanent solution that will meet the needs of the industry while also addressing trade policy concerns.
More information about the import requirements regulating grapefruit is available on the Section 8e & Imports webpage for grapefruit. More information about federal marketing orders is available on the Market Development Division webpage or by contacting the Market Development Division at (202) 720-2491.
The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMMA) applies to specific fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop imports into the United States and requires imported products to meet the same or comparable grade, size, quality, and maturity standards as domestic products covered by Federal marketing orders.