2015 AUSTRALIA-CHINA BUSINESS WEEK

Please find attached information the Australian business forum and their planning for 2015 Australia-China Business Week.

05 December 2014

AHEA & AUSTRADE RELEASE THE HORTICULTURE EXPORT CAPABILITY STATEMENT

AHEA AND AUSTRADE JOINTLY RELEASE THE HORTICULTURE EXPORT CAPABILITY STATEMENT: THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN HORTICULTURE EXPORT BROCHURE SINCE THE 1980’S

The Australian Horticultural Exporters Association (AHEA) is a national peak association formed to promote the development of the export and import of fresh horticultural resources.  

The AHEA has collaborated with Austrade and horticulture industry commodity groups for over 12 months to develop this quality Horticulture Industry Capability Statement which will be distributed through Austrade Trade Commission offices at numerous overseas locations and throughout the horticulture industry to promote Australian horticulture produce.  The Statement shows the main variety of produce that is export ready in Australia.  Australia exports more than 90 fresh fruit and vegetable products to more than 60 countries.

Strong safety and quality controls, a lower dollar and market access into China have boosted demand for Australia’s horticultural produce in 2014 as growers exported over 301,000 tonnes in fruit worth $622 million.  Citrus and Table grapes were the leading two product lines accounting for 83 per cent of the volume and 72 per cent of the value of fresh fruit.

05 December 2014

2014 Victorian Cherry Season Launch Media Release

                        

Media Release, November 2014
Cherish every moment this summer
Luscious local cherries are here! Cherries signify the taste of summer like no other fruit. However,the Australian cherry season lasts only 100 days so we are urged to cherish the moment with this summer’s bountiful harvest. There are some great varieties available, and containing only 250 kilojoules (60 calories) per 100 grams and virtually no fat, Cherries are a guilt-free treat that can be enjoyed at any occasion.
 
“With this season’s bumper crop, everyone should be able to purchase good quality cherries for the whole family to enjoy. We’d love to see everyone having fun and enjoying cherries this season,” says Alison Jones, president of the Victorian Cherry Association.
 
Victorian cherry season launch event – pips will be flying!
 
A free public celebration of the 2014 Victorian Cherry Season will be held on Saturday 29 November between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Market Square, Dandenong Market. It will be racy,fast, comical and brimming with excitement!
 
To read more of this Media release, pleasee see below to download.
25 November 2014

Australia-China Free Trade Agreement

ALL trade tariffs on horticultural products exported to China will be eliminated under the new China free-trade agreement.

Nuts, fruit, vegetables and wine will have trade tariffs reduced over the next four years, and citrus over the next eight years.

KEY OUTCOMES:

• Wine — elimination of the 14 to 20 per cent tariffs within four years.

• Macadamia nuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios and all other nuts — elimination of the 10 to 25 per cent tariffs within four years.

• Oranges, mandarins, lemons and all other citrus fruit — elimination of the 11 to 30 per cent tariffs within eight years.

• All other fruit — elimination of the 10 to 30 per cent tariffs within four years.

• Vegetables — elimination of the 10 to 13 per cent tariffs within four years.

See below to downloand more information on the Free Trade Agreement

 

18 November 2014

Australian Cherries Newsletter

The Spring 2014 edition of the Australian Cherries newsletter is is now available for download.

23 October 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Agricultural Green Paper released: it’s time to have your say

20 October 2014

The Australian Government has released the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper today and is asking everyone in agriculture to have their say on a range of new proposals and policy suggestions.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said that the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper that the Coalition Government has carriage of is seminal to who we are, where we came from, and is a vital part of the puzzle of how we get out of our current financial bind.

"The Green Paper outlines fresh ideas on a range of vitally important issues for the future of our nation including infrastructure, drought support, trade and finance.

23 October 2014
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