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All Australian States Now Allowing Peaches and Nectarines from U.S. West Coast

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Sept. 12 that peaches and nectarines from California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho are now allowed entry into all Australian states. An APHIS press release states that “this success comes after several years of negotiations with the Australian government at all levels” and that U.S. growers used funding from USDA’s Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops program and other sources to research ways to resolve some of the technical issues involved. APHIS notes that Australia is the 7th largest market for U.S. fresh fruit exports and that U.S. worldwide exports of fresh peaches and nectarines reached $173.3 million in 2012, which is about 3.5% of the $4.9 billion worth of fruit exported worldwide that year.

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