South Korea FTA finalised great news for exporters!
The Federal Government no Thursday 5 Dec 2013 announced the conclusion of the long awaited FTA with South Korea - anticipated to increase Australian exports to Korea by 73 per cent over the coming 15 years. Tariffs will be eliminated on Australian agricultural exports to Korea such as wheat, sugar, dairy, wine, horticulture and seafood, as well as resources, energy and manufactured goods. For fresh fruit & vegs there are some positive outcomes, including , immediate elimination of tariffs on cherries and potatoes, elimination over 5 years for table grapes and carrots, elimination over 7 years for oranges and apricots and 10 years for mangoes, plums and peaches. For some products, the tariff elimination is on a seasonal basis, reverting to a higher tariff during our off season.....More comment News & Views AHEA 6 Dec 2013
AHEA - highlighting importance of agricultural policy promises
The Australian Horticultural Exporters Association (AHEA) congratulates the new Coalition government on their election win – highlighting the importance of the horticulture industry to rural and regional Australia and needs to remain a priority as part of the national agenda.
“It is critical for the future growth of agriculture in this country that the agriculture sector and exports remain profitable and competitive. While grains and livestock are our biggest exports, the greatest untapped potential in agriculture is horticulture. Horticulture provides 15% of the employment in regional Australia. It is critical for the horticulture sector that there is continued investment in innovation, supply chain management and market access initiatives to ensure we remain globally competitive,“ AHEA Chair, David Minnis said. AHEA media Release 11 Sept 2013
AUSVEG - Demand for Australian vegetables in Asia
Vegetable exports to South Korea and China have doubled in past five years to $9 million and $2 million respectively, reinforcing the growth opportunities available for Australian vegetables in the Asia region. “Global population growth and a more affluent middle class in Asia are the primary forces driving demand for vegetables,” said Andrew White, AUSVEG Manager of Industry Development and Communications. “There are predictions that higher income consumers in Asia will spend up to five times more on high quality food products compared to lower income brackets, which underpins the growth opportunities available for the Australian vegetable industry,” said Mr White. AUSVEG
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SEA - freight space cuts likely as rates push fails
According to Industry sources in an attempt to restore profitability on all trades major carriers in the North & East Asia-Australia trade are contemplating "serious rationalization" of services as rates remain stubbornly low due to chronic over capacity on most trade routes servicing Australian ports......full story in shipping pages AHEA Aug 2013
HAL - announces a review of its structure
Horticulture Australia Ltd has announced a long awaited restructure of its levy management system and service delivery model to improve its effectiveness in funding horticultural research and development and marketing programs. Despite the body spending $100million a year in research across 43 industries, the industry has significant market failure issues across all the horticultural sectors. HAL 25 July 2013
USDA - announces comprehensive market access funding
Tomato, potato, apple, citrus, and grape trade organizations among recipients of funding to help expand foothold in foreign markets.USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently awarded fiscal year 2013 funding to more than 70 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for their goods. Under the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS will provide $172.7 million to 70 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. MAP participants contribute an average 171% match for generic marketing and promotion activities and a dollar-for-dollar match for promotion of branded products by small businesses and cooperatives.USDA 12 July 2013
CAL - changes stance on US citrus market
Citrus Australia Limited's Andrew Harty indicated recently that the US ( citrus market) ...looked promising now the country was not marketing under single importer rules. " Now there are many importers and the very early indications are there will be more fruit going to the States to fill niche markets, such as smaller fruit." Freshfruit Portal 27/6/13