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Citrus can ship from Florida, but must have Documentation and Follow Protocol

December 4, 2012

It’s a fact. In the dead of winter, particularly in northern climes, a box of fresh Florida citrus is a delightful indulgence. You can share your good fortune as a Floridian, and that bounty of citrus growing in your backyard or available at local markets, with out-of-state friends, but it’s not as simple as boxing it up and shipping it out.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has quarantined the entire state of Florida for the 2012-2013 season. That’s to keep citrus diseases from spreading to other citrus-producing states and territories. That does not mean you can’t ship your home-grown citrus out of the state. You just have to comply with a federal protocol.

Whether produced in a commercial grove or homeowner’s yard, citrus fruit can be shipped or mailed if it is packed by a licensed commercial packing house operating under a USDA/APHIS compliance agreement. The packing house will remove plant debris, wash, brush, disinfest, treat with an approved fungicide, wax and pack the fruit into shipping containers marked with a USDA-APHIS-PPQ-CHRP Certificate or Limited Permit. Once the packing house has done its job, your fruit can ship.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Here is a list of packing houses that have indicated they will pack homegrown citrus fruit. They meet the minimum USDA requirements necessary to provide this service. The list is provided by USDA/APHIS and is subject to change. The USDA offers no guarantee of customer satisfaction and packing houses are under no obligation to provide this service.

Thank you for following these important guidelines and for helping protect agriculture.If you have questions about shipping dooryard citrus, contact the Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Plant Industry Helpline, 1-888-397-1517.

Packing houses Accepting Home Grown Fruit

A.W. Crisafulli Groves

5515 N Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island FL 32953

321-452-8110, 800-683-6700

Details: Minimum of 1/2 bushel (4 gallons)

Boyett’s Citrus Attraction

4355 Spring Lake Hwy, Brooksville FL 34601

352-796-2289

May Groves

1885 US Hwy 1 North, Titusville, FL 32796

Phone: 321-745-8575, Contact: Barry Gainer

Neukom Groves, Inc.

5409 Gall Blvd, Zephyrhills, FL 33542-3929 813-782-5596, fax 813-788-2048

Poinsettia Groves

1481 U.S. Hwy 1, Vero Beach FL 32960

772-562 -3356, Contact: Jeb Hudson

Scragg Grove & Storage

275 N Hwy 1, Oak Hill FL 32759

386-345-3819

The Mail Center

3206 S Hopkins Ave, Titusville FL 32780

321-268-2255

Eben’s Bend Grove

21640 E SR44, Eustis, FL 32736

352-589-5055

Graham Groves

18619 Boys Ranch Road, Altoona, FL 32702

352-669-2411

Revised 09-12-12 

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