Access for Australian Citrus and Mangos to China

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Posted on: 24 Dec 2009

he emerging trade in Australian citrus and mangos to China is expected to grow after the Australian Federal Government negotiated improved market access.

Voluntary - Public Clearance Office: Office of Scientific and Technical Affairs (OSTA) Date: 06/17/2009 GAIN Report Number: AS9025 Australia Post: Canberra Improved Access for Australian Citrus and Mangos to China Report Categories: Citrus Fresh Fruit Approved By: Grant Pettrie, Agricultural Counselor Prepared By: Lindy Crothers, Agricultural Marketing Specialist Report Highlights: The emerging trade in Australian citrus and mangos to China is expected to grow after the Australian Federal Government negotiated improved market access. General Information: The emerging trade in Australian citrus and mangos to China is expected to grow after the Australian Federal Government negotiated improved market access. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke said China had accepted a revised quarantine protocol for both Australian mangoes and citrus after detailed discussions. The announcement follows Mr. Burke's visit to China in April last year, accompanied by a trade delegation including the chair of Citrus Australia Kevin Cock. Under previous citrus export conditions, oranges, mandarins, lemons and grapefruit were only permitted access to northern Chinese ports and had to undergo extensive cold disinfestation treatment which could affect the quality of the fruit. The revised quarantine conditions will allow more Australian citrus including limes, tangelos and sweetie grapefruit to access all ports in China and increases the required temperature for the cold disinfestation treatment (2.1°C for 21 days for fruit flies). Citrus Australia indicated that the improved conditions would make a huge difference for exports of citrus to China, particularly for mandarins, which are more susceptible to cold treatment. Last calendar year, Australia exported 855 MT of citrus worth A$1.25 million to China. The Government says changes will allow growers more flexibility, save on shipping costs and help to protect the quality of the fresh Australian produce. For mangos the previous system included onerous quarantine requirements for proving orchards were free of mango seed weevil and fruit flies, which meant that only limited trade occurred from 2007. Under the revised protocol, growers have more options for monitoring the surveying their orchards for signs of the pest. The Government says the new system will significantly reduce costs for growers and allow them to capitalize on new opportunities with the coming harvest that could see a boost in trade worth millions of dollars for Australian mango growers. China is also considering new treatments to manage Fuller?s rose weevil and light brown apple moth, as well as recognition of pest-free areas for fruit flies. Australian Mango Industry Association chairman Peter Delis said the new protocol would give the industry greater scope for accessing high-quality mangoes, without the onerous task of cutting thousands of mangoes to check for weevils. Industry expects volumes to dramatically increase with a longer supply window throughout the season. Recent Reports from FAS/Canberra The reports listed below can all be downloaded from the FAS website at: http://www.fas.usda.gov/scriptsw/AttacheRep/default.asp. Report Number Title of Report Date AS9024 Global Biosecurity Conference to be held in Australia: Call for Abstracts 06/11/09 AS9020 Dairy & Products Semi-Annual 05/15/09 AS9018 Cotton Annual 04/28/09 AS9016 Sugar Annual 04/02/09 AS9015 Grain and Feed Annual 2009 03/20/09 AS9014 Stone Fruit Annual 2009 03/13/09 AS9012 Agricultural Economy and Policy Report 03/12/09 AS9010 Livestock Semi-Annual 03/06/09 AS9009 Government Announces A$32m Research into Soil Carbon & Emissions 03/06/09 AS9008 Wine Annual 2009 03/05/09 AS9007 New Import Conditions for Chicken Meat Finalized 03/05/09 AS9006 Cotton Quarterly Update ? March 02/20/09 AS9005 Agricultural situation 2009 02/11/09 AS9004 Govt. announces A$9 million boost to wood export industries 01/29/09 AS9003 February Grain Lockup 01/29/09 AS9002 New Support for Wheat Exporters to Develop Markets Announced 01/27/09 AS9001 Australian Government Announces Food Production Grants Programs 01/23/09
Posted: 24 December 2009

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