The European Commission has drawn up plans to impose a temporary safeguard duty of imports of certain prepared or preserved mandarins, (including tangerines and satsumas), clementines, wilkings and other similar citrus hybrids, not containing added spirit, but containing added sugar.

Duties of €155 (US$182.7m) per tonne would be levied from this month on these fruit products until next May, except for imports covered by special national quotas of 11,389 tonnes for consignments from China and 906 tonnes for imports "originating in all other countries."

A note to the World Trade Organisation said 130 developing countries would be excluded from the duties altogether.