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WHO - is the AHEA?
The Australian Horticultural Exporters Association is an independent and autonomous association of Australian horticultural exporter and importer organisations which represents the interests of its members to Government and Industry in the pursuit of improving the profitability and sustainability of the fresh horticultural trade.

WHY not join the AHEA?
Membership costs only a few dollars a week to be kept informed about market access conditions to major horticultural markets.
If you are an exporter,grower, packer or involved in Australian horticultural exports, then there's plenty of good reasons to join the Peak industry body that represents Australian Horticultural Exporters and keeps them informed. O

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AUSSIE DOLLAR – Australian dollar recovers from shock of MH17 crash

THE Australian dollar rose as markets recovered from news of the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine.

At 7am AEST the local currency was trading at 93.93 US cents, up from 93.72 cents at Friday’s close.

Last updated 21 July, 2014.

AHEA RESTRUCTURES

AHEA has restructured its Victorian association, formed in 1986, to become the national representative body (not for profit).  AHEA will continue to represent horticultural exports however will also include imports into its market access and trade discussions.  The AHEA under its new constitution, promotes the trade of horticultural produce, both ways.

AHEA Executive Director, Michelle Christoe, said ‘industry had been discussing the need for national representation and one that could be representative of both import and export discussions in order to meet the needs of the global market’.

Earlier this year, an extra-ordinary meeting was held with industry to enlist the support of members in the export and import industry and the extended supply chain to vote on the possible alternative structures and it was unanimously agreed to restructure to better represent the needs of industry into the future.

 Further consultation into its activities will be discussed in a forthcoming workshop and AGM on 16 September being held at the Holiday Inn, Melbourne, where a decision would be made about priorities of the new organisation.  

21 July 2014

 

AHEA AWARDED GRANT

“As a nation we need to understand Asian market requirements and preferences in order to adapt production and capitalise on the Asian opportunity.”said Michelle Christoe, Executive Director, Australian Horticulture Exporters Association (AHEA). 

“The Asian Business Engagement Plan will also assist Australian business to pursue opportunities created by the successful conclusion of bi-lateral trade agreements with both Korea and Japan – two of our biggest trading partners,” Mr Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment said.

Australian Horticultural Exporters Association will receive $159,000 to develop online knowledge-sharing resources between exporters and Asian counterparts and build strategic partnerships in Korea, China and Japan.  This project is supported also by in-kind contribution from the DAFF Queensland and State Department, Trade & Investment.

2 July, 2014

A New HAL - What does that mean?

An Independent review of Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and the horticulture levy system was recently conducted by ACIL Allen and found it was plagued by conflicts of interest and limited value for money, suggesting a ‘new HAL’.  

David Minnis, Chair of the Australian Horticultural Exporters Association (AHEA), commented in response to the recommendations and report; “I find it absolutely amazing that there was not one mention of export in the whole review.  Unless we have export, the horticulture industry is doomed.  We overproduce for the domestic market and the growers need to have that extended market in order to survive into the future.”

Recommendations concluded however are consistent with some of the AHEA submission regarding HAL improving its strategic management, reducing costs, simplifying processes and increasing national leadership.  As we look to strengthen industry and exports, we need to assess how we can remain competitive, increase market access, innovate and increase productivity so that horticulture remains a viable industry.

“The R&D focus needs to reflect areas of disinfestations, cold chain management, post harvest handling and transport studies.  Export needs to be embraced and R&D funds must be put towards this sector in a positive manner.  HAL needs to work closer with associate organisations like Australian Horticulture Exporters Association (AHEA) so that they are current on the issues that affect export and in turn, albeit grower returns”, says Minnis.

The full review of HAL is available via HAL’s website.

13 May, 2014



AHEA: opens its new offices in Brisbane

AHEA's new regional offices are in Brisbane Markets, Southgate

Contact: Michelle Christoe,  Executive Director Mob: 0413 200 404      

Email: michellec@ahea.com.au                                                                      

Postal address: Brisbane Market PO Box 346, Brisbane Market QLD. 4106.                 April 2014

Quarantine: DAFF announces establishment of National Documentation Hub!
DAFF announces that the Plant Exports National Documentation Hub (NDH) will be implemented in the South East Region on 17 February 2014.  The NDH aims to deliver consistent plant export certification cross Australia.  The NDH will provide a central point for receiving and processing the majority of plant export documentation. It will also provide a central point of contact for all enquiries relating to plant export requirements and export certification. DAFF Feb 2014  


Shipping: Another major carrier to quit Australia.
It has been reported that ZIM and affiliate Gold Star Line will leave Australia next month after terminating a slot swap agreement with Singapore's PIL within the SAS group. In a notice to customers ZIM advised that it had terminated a slot agreement with ACX service and had decided on a withdrawal from servicing Australia. Lloyd's List Jan 2014


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

AHEA - getting a market or trade issue considered is simple.
1. Logon to the Members webpages ( Market Access). If you are not currently an AHEA Member, fill out an AHEA member application form and submit.
2. Download the AHEA Market Access and Trade - Issues Submission Form.
3. Complete the Form and email to AHEA.’
This doesn’t promise that we can resolve the issue....
AHEA: Michelle Christoe Executive Director August 2013



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A publication written in conjunction with DPIVic and the AHEA. Offers essential basic information on starting out to export fresh fruit and vegetables from Australia.

Handbook    $33.00
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