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
Details: Minimum of 1/2 bushel (4 gallons)
Boyett’s Citrus Attraction
4355 Spring Lake Hwy, Brooksville FL 34601
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
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
The Mail Center
3206 S Hopkins Ave, Titusville FL 32780
Eben’s Bend Grove
21640 E SR44, Eustis, FL 32736
18619 Boys Ranch Road, Altoona, FL 32702