China Lifts Suspension on Imports of Washington State Apples
The Department of Agriculture reports that China is lifting its suspension on imports of red and golden delicious apples from Washington state, reopening a market that was valued at $6.5 million in calendar year 2011.
According to USDA, China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine imposed the suspension in 2012 due to the repeated interception of three apple pests AQSIQ considers significant: speck rot, bull’s-eye rot and Sphaeropsis rot. Since that time USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has worked with the U.S. apple industry to develop additional safeguarding measures that address China’s concerns about these pests, including cold storage of apples and visual inspection prior to shipping to ensure there is no evidence of disease.
USDA adds that the U.S. and China continue to work to normalize bilateral trade in apples, within ongoing efforts including negotiating access for all U.S. apples to the Chinese market as well as the safe U.S. importation of apples grown in China.