Door open for Aussie almonds to Chile
1 April 2019
- Market access gained for Australian almonds to Chile
- Big boost for Australian farmers and exporters
- Australian almond exports were worth $440 million in 2017–18
Australian almonds growers can now export their produce to Chile following agreement of new market access arrangements.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said it was great news for the $440 million almond export industry and the farmers that underpin it.
"Gaining market access for Australian produce helps our farmers sell more and employ more regional people," Minister Littleproud said.
"We are the second largest producer of almonds and our almond crop is expected to hit record levels this year and the next five years.
"The majority of these almonds have been grown for export, so opening new markets is vital for the success of the industry.
"Now that almond growers can export their high-quality produce to Chile they have access to a market that provides significant potential.
"Chile is home to 18 million people and this will also help us tap into valuable Latin American markets.
"Improving market access is an important part of increasing farm gate returns and ensuring growers get premium price for their premium produce."
Since January 2016, the Coalition Government has delivered 107 key market access gains or restorations, and 94 key market access improvements or actions for Australian Agriculture.
- This year's almond crop is expected to be 16 per cent above last year's at a record 93,000 tonnes.
- Each year Australia exports around $4 million worth of agricultural produce to Chile.