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.
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.
• 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.
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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.