Aussie nectarines on show to Chinese importers
In the wake of the Australian Government and summerfruit industry securing a new export protocol for nectarines to China, Australian growers will today showcase the fruit at the Australia Fresh pavilion at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong.
Funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation), the three-day event will kick off with an official opening by Hort Innovation Chief Executive John Lloyd and Summerfruit Export Development Alliance Deputy Chair Mr Michael Trautwein.
Hort Innovation Chief Executive John Lloyd said hundreds of importers are expected to be at the event, and some of them will have the opportunity to try the nectarines available.
“Australian nectarines are renowned for their delicious flavour, and they are packed with vitamin C, potassium and dietary fibre – things that we expect will be very attractive to the Chinese market.
Australia’s strict bio-security measures and stringent safety controls at all stages of the supply chain also makes our produce very popular” he said
“Visitors to the Australia Fresh pavilion will see the high-quality produce that is available to consumers throughout Asia first-hand. And now mainland China can look forward to this season, which gets into full swing in late October.”
World exports of Australian nectarines reached a total of $15.4M in 2015, and more than 5000 tonnes.
The top three markets for Australia’s nectarines in 2015 were: Hong Kong at $7.75M, the United Arab Emirates at $3.95M and Singapore at $870,000.
Nectarines currently attract a 6 per cent tariff into China, falling to 4 per cent on January 1, 2017 after work from the Australian Government to secure the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. After a further fall to 2 per cent in 2018, the tariff will be eliminated from January 1, 2019.