Improved market access for horticulture to Thailand
30 November 2015
Australian fruit exporters will soon enjoy improved access to the Thailand market after revised import protocols were finalised following successful negotiations between the Thai and Australian governments.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, said the new conditions would make Thailand even more attractive for Australian exporters.
“Fruit exports often require a range of treatments and conditions to meet importing country requirements—an important pre-requisite to any trade with such countries,” Minister Ruston said.
“Exporters of cherries, table grapes, citrus fruit and persimmons will benefit from these new conditions.
“Improved treatment options will be available for table grapes, cherries and persimmons for export to Thailand and restrictions on access for some citrus varieties has been removed.
“Thailand is an important market for our fruit—in 2014–15 we exported $16 million worth of table grapes and $7 million worth of mandarins—and these conditions will help that trade continue to grow.”
Minister Ruston said reducing barriers to trade was an important priority for the government.
“About two thirds of all Australia's agricultural production, worth more than $40 billion, is exported overseas each year so it’s important we continue to find ways to facilitate new and improved market access,” Minister Ruston said.
“The Australian Government is working hard behind the scenes on reducing barriers to trade, to make sure exporters can take advantage of the improved conditions provided by our free trade agreements.
“Key to enhancing profitability of the sector is negotiating market access arrangements and treatment regimes that do not place an unnecessary burden on our producers.
“Through the Ag White Paper we’re investing $30.8 million to improve access to premium markets and appoint five new agricultural counsellors in key markets, including in Thailand.
“This export focus underlines agriculture's contribution to our economy—and we will continue to look for ways to drive increased returns back through the farm gate.”