AHDB has been informed by Defra that the UK has implemented a total ban on fresh curry leaf imports from the remaining countries who are exporting – namely Kenya, Ghana, Gambia, Dominican Republic – to bring the UK in line with the rest of the EU.
The reason for the ban is that curry leaves can be infected with citrus greening disease, which is a threat to EU citrus production.
An AHDB representative said: "The UK can still continue to import frozen or dried curry leaves, but there may be an opportunity to fill the gap in fresh produce that is left in the market. We were importing 18 tonnes a week last year so there is a strong demand for this product. This is merely to flag a potential opportunity to any suitably-equipped grower."