Sending Australian lychees and mangoes to the US
15 January 2015
Australian lychee and mango growers are now able to export to the US, opening the door to the lucrative market for Australia’s 800 growers.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today congratulated lychee and mango growers, exporters and the food treatment industry that have helped pave the way to open the valuable US market and wished them every success.
“I look forward to an increase in the numbers of growers who take up the opportunity presented by this US deal into the future,” Minister Joyce said.
Australian growers produced 45,000 tonnes of mangoes in 2012-13 with exports valued at $16 million. Each year approximately 3500-4000 tonnes of lychees are produced in Australia with exports estimated to be worth $18-20 million.
Minister Joyce said current consumption reports show most Australian-grown lychees and mangoes are eaten in Australia.
“New market access to the US is one way we can take our quality produce to the rest of the world – building upon Australia’s reputation for high quality produce and bringing greater returns at the farmgate,” Minister Joyce said.
“Access for Australia’s fresh lychees and mangoes were one of our agricultural priority market requests, negotiated under the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement.”
Minister Joyce said extensive work had been undertaken behind the scenes by Department of Agriculture officials together with industry to give US authorities confidence that Australian exporters could meet the relevant standards.
“As one of the world’s leading trading nations, Australia depends on open and transparent international markets for jobs and economic growth,” Minister Joyce said.
“The Australian Government remains committed to increasing returns at the farmgate for our growers and producers by opening new markets and business opportunities.
“This government has signed three new trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea – our largest, second largest and fifth largest agricultural export markets respectively – currently valued at about $15 billion a year.
“And we are constantly looking to improve our technical market access through negotiating effective but affordable treatment options for our agricultural products.”