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Planning on Shipping Home-Grown Citrus Fruit from Florida?

November 22, 2013

Only fruit processed in a commercial packinghouse can be shipped

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A piece of fruit infected with citrus canker.

Some Florida yards are or soon will be teeming with fresh citrus. Sharing that bounty with friends and family out of state is not as simple as packing it up and shipping it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (USDA-APHIS) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) have placed restrictions on the entire state of Florida in order to prevent the transfer of citrus diseases to other states.

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Fruit infected with citrus black spot.

You can ship your citrus if you first have it processed in a commercial packinghouse. Scientific studies have determined that citrus fruit processed in a commercial packinghouse under an APHIS compliance agreement is highly unlikely to spread these diseases. During the commercial packing process, fruit must be washed, brushed, disinfested, treated and waxed. It must be packed in shipping containers marked with a USDA-APHIS certificate and be free of leaves, stems or other regulated plant material. Fruit that cannot meet the waxed and treated conditions must be packed into shipping containers marked with a USDA-APHIS limited permit.  Citrus trees, leaves and other citrus plant parts continue to pose a high risk of spreading diseases and therefore cannot be moved to other states.

Here is a list of packinghouses that have indicated willingness to pack home-grown citrus fruit under their APHIS compliance agreements. This list is subject to change. Please contact the Citrus Health Response Program hotline at 1-800-282-5153 to check for future changes.

If you have questions about shipping your citrus, call the FDACS Helpline, 1-888-397-1517.

Participating Packinghouses

  • Boyett’s Citrus Attraction, 4355 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville, FL  3460, Phone: (352) 796-2289
  • May Groves, 1885 US Highway 1 North, Titusville, FL 32796, (321) 745-8575, Contact: Barry Gainer
  • Neukom Groves, Inc., 5409 Gall Boulevard, Zephyrhills, FL 33542-3929, (813) 782-5596, Fax 813-788-2048
  • Poinsettia Groves, 1481 U.S. Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL 32960, (772) 562 -3356, Contact: Jeb Hudson
  • Scragg Grove & Storage, 275 N Highway 1, Oak Hill, FL 32759, (386) 345-3819
  • The Mail Center, 3206 S Hopkins Avenue, Titusville, FL 32780, (321) 268-2255
  • Graham Groves, 18619 Boys Ranch Road, Altoona, FL 32702, (352) 669-2411,  (50-100 boxes only)

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One Response to “Planning on Shipping Home-Grown Citrus Fruit from Florida?”

  1. Donnie and Johnie Says:

    Received navels and tangerines for Christmas from Scragg Groves. They were the best, freshest, sweetest fruits I’ve ever had! Thanks.


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