Argentina's citrus-growing regions were affected by frost at the end of winter, high temperatures in summer, plus excessive rain that delayed harvest for about a month. The combination affected both quality and total output.
South Africa, on the other hand, had improved weather conditions the two main citrus-growing provinces, the Eastern Cape and Limpopo. An increase in planted area also helped.
The Eastern Cape and Limpopo account for 80% of South Africa's lemon and lime production, and increases there helped offset lower production in the drought-hit Western Cape.
But the European party for South African exporters may already be over, says Eddy Kreukniet of Exsa Europe
"We've now entered the final weeks of the season and the market it decreasing with the entry of Turkish and Spanish citrus."
Growers who, during this period, did not plant a mix of products, might be headed into a difficult year, warns Kreukniet.