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Trump's trade tariffs push Egyptian oranges to Shanghai fruit shops

The trade war between the United States and China is presenting opportunities for fruit distributor Sunmoon Food Co., as the company is now shipping navel oranges from Egypt, kiwis from Italy and apples from Poland into China for the first time ever. The produce is to fill the gap created when the Asian nation retaliated by slapping tariffs on U.S. fruit.

Sunmoon is not by any means a big company if one compares them to Fresh Del Monte Produce, for instance. Where the latter had a revenue of $4.1 billion last year, Sunmoon only had a turnover of $45 million. But the new business it’s doing in China underscores how the tariff tit-for-tat between the world’s two biggest economies is reshaping global trade flows. China imported $6.2 billion worth of fresh and dried fruit and nuts last year, up nearly ten-fold from 2015, according to customs data.

“As with any trade war or political upheaval, there will always be a certain re-balancing along the markets,” Gary Loh, Sunmoon’s chief executive officer, said in an interview. “Companies like ours can take advantage of this and introduce new products into new markets.”

Sunmoon counts China as its largest sales market, where it can reach 900 million mouths through its partnership with Shanghai Yiguo E-commerce Co., an Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. affiliate that owns more than half of the company.

When China raised tariffs on U.S. goods, Sunmoon responded by shipping navel oranges from a packaging house in the suburbs of Cairo to its warehouses in Shanghai. Other countries' oranges are being tested, like the ones from Israel, Morocco and Spain. These oranges are put out in the Chinese market with the chance of increasing shipments next year if the tariffs have not been removed.

Source: Bloomberg via: www.freshplaza.com


Publication date : 9/17/2018

 

Kiwi fruit claim costs New Zealand taxpayers $6 million plus in Biosecurity case

Taxpayers have so far spent $6 million to defend the kiwifruit claim case, and the Appeal Court hearing has yet to start. This will make it the most expensive primary sector court case on record.

In June, the 212 growers who joined a class action won a High Court case which found the Ministry for Primary Industries was negligent in allowing the disease Psa into the country in 2010. They are claiming $450m compensation.

MPI said it was taking the case to appeal because it sought to "clarify the scope for government regulators to be sued in negligence". It added the High Court finding had the potential to "significantly impact on the Ministry's biosecurity operations".

The claimants have filed a cross-appeal on the grounds that packer Seeka was owed a duty of care, contrary to the High Court finding, and that MPI was negligent in failing to inspect a shipment of banned kiwifruit plant material, infected with Psa, when it arrived from China.

The 12-week High Court case was funded by litigation funder the LPF Group, chaired by former Supreme Court judge Bill Wilson. As a funder of the class action, LPF Group is to receive a percentage of the compensation granted.

In response to an Official Information request, the Ministry for Primary Industries said the $6m figure did not include internal staffing costs, and it would not be possible to provide an exact figure for the total time spent by staff. The costs for consultants and experts paid directly by MPI was $400,000.

Source: stuff.co.nz via www.freshplaza.com 


Publication date : 9/17/2018

Bumper California navel deal predicted

Fruit set is up 22 per cent on the five-year average meaning high volumes expected despite no increase in total hectares planted
Starting from a lower plantation base this season the California navel deal is looking to be the most fruitful in volume since the 2005-2006 season. The news comes with significance as total land volume this season is down 8,700 planted hectares from ten years prior.

Survey data from the California navel Orange Objective Measurement Report indicated a fruit set per tree of 426, above the five-year average of 333 (up 22 per cent).

The survey predicts the initial 2018-2019 navel orange forecast is 80m cartons, up 11 percent from the previous year. Of the total navel orange forecast, 77m cartons are estimated to be in the Central Valley.

Bearing orchards are at the same number of hectares as the year prior, but with the higher fruit set (up 426 per tree from 273 last season) the hope is that forecast volumes will be bumper.

However, total tonnage might not be as high due to fruit diameter at a lower September 1 average. The five-year average as of September 1 was at 6.8cm, now down to 5.3cm.

 

Source: http://www.fruitnet.com Author: Camellia Aebischer

Taste Australia delivers in first year

Hort Innovation initiative celebrates successful 12 months with strong showing at Asia Fruit Logistica
A year after launching its “boldest foreign trade initiative to date,” Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) has toasted the success of the country’s largest collective representation at Asia Fruit Logistica.

A delegation of more than 220 stakeholders representing 80 Australian businesses showcased their wares under the 528m2 Taste Australia pavilion last week.

Launched at Asia Fruit Logistica 2017, the Taste Australia programme promotes the country’s horticulture industry at both trade and consumer level.

Underpinned by more than A$40m in research and development projects, the initiative was developed in response to industry calls for a cohesive, national export project to drive foreign interest and demand for Australian horticultural products.

“We have been exhibiting at Asia Fruit Logistica for more than 10 years,” explained Hort Innovation general manager for trade, Michael Rogers. “When Taste Australia launched last year, we found it increased our engagement with key stakeholders across Asia.

“Through the Taste Australia brand, we are strengthening our homegrown produce on a global stage, bringing high quality, high-end premium goods to international markets.”

The Taste Australia programme has proven so successful that it is now being rolled out in 10 countries across Asia and the Middle East.

The extensive trade effort over the last 12 months has helped propel fresh horticultural exports to a record A$2.18bn for the year ending June 2018, with over 40 per cent of this value being driven by the export of citrus fruits, table grapes and cherries.

“Australia has a solid reputation for delivering high-end produce that has undergone the most rigorous inspections along all stages of the supply chain, and the Taste Australia brand builds on this,” Rogers added.

 

Source: http://www.fruitnet.com Author: Matthew Jones

Australia and Thailand finalise irradiation deal

Persimmon and mango suppliers the first to benefit from new agreement signed last week
Australia and Thailand have announced a new irradiation pathway for horticultural exports.

Finalised last week, the agreement will provide Australian and Thai suppliers with a more direct avenue to exporting their products, along with a safe and chemical-free way to manage biosecurity.

The irradiation process sees fruit enter a large chamber via a conveyer belt, where it is sterilised, killing bacteria and pests.

In most cases, the process alleviates the need for cold treatment, which is commonly conducted in transit via seafreight. Therefore, irradiation will provide a viable option to exporters from both countries hoping to send their fruit via airfreight.

Australian persimmon growers and Thai mango exporters will immediately benefit from the new agreement, with these products the first to be ticked off for approval under the irradiation plan.

Produced primarily in south-east Queensland, Australian persimmons have previously been exported to Thailand under cold treatment.

“This agreement will help open doors for the Queensland persimmon farmers and deliver speed to market,” said Australian minister for agriculture David Littleproud.

“With this deal done and dusted we can get on to tackling other commodities and get them on this same pathway. This will help get our quality produce onto Thailand supermarket shelves faster.” 

 

Source: http://www.fruitnet.com Author: Matthew Jones

Taste Australia yields big results in foreign trade

In the 12 months since Hort Innovation launched its boldest foreign trade initiative to date, the industry has reported record export sales and greater demand for Australian grown produce.

Underpinned by more than $40 million in research and development projects, and backed by world-class science and technology, the Taste Australia initiative was developed in response to industry calls for a cohesive, national export project to drive foreign interest and demand for Australian horticultural products.

The initiative was launched at Asia Fruit Logistica (AFL) last year, which is the largest specialised fruit and vegetable trade event in Asia. The project proved so successful, it is now being rolled out in 10 countries across Asia and the Middle East.

Australian growers will once again showcase their premium products under the Taste Australia banner at AFL next week with a Hort Innovation delegation of more than 220 stakeholders, representing 80 Australian businesses across 528 square metres.

The extensive trade effort over the last 12 months saw the value of fresh horticultural exports reach a record $2.18 billion for the year ending June 2018, with over 40 per cent of this value being driven by the export of citrus fruits, table grapes and cherries.

Hort Innovation General Manager for Trade, Michael Rogers, said the export results not only demonstrated the value of Taste Australia activities, but also positioned the Australian horticultural industry well within foreign markets.

“Australia has a solid reputation for delivering high-end produce that has undergone the most rigorous inspections along all stages of the supply chain, and the Taste Australia brand builds on this,” he said.

“We have been exhibiting at Asia Fruit Logistica for more than 10 years. When Taste Australia launched last year, we found it increased our engagement with key stakeholders across Asia."

“Through the Taste Australia brand, we are strengthening our homegrown produce on a global stage, bringing high quality, high-end premium goods to international markets.”

The Taste Australia campaign is funded by Hort Innovation using industry research, development and marketing levies and funds from the Australian Government.

Key Export Statistics
In the year ending June 2018, more than 264,000 tonnes of fresh citrus was exported valued at more than $440 million. Citrus exports were dominated by oranges ($280 million) and mandarins ($140 million).

Export values across combined citrus (including grapefruit, lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges) increased 48 per cent in just two years from $297 Million in 2015/16.

The single most valuable horticulture product exported was table grapes, achieving exports valued at $384 million. The value of table grape exports has grown consecutively over the last seven years.

For more information;
Farah Abdurahman
Tel: +61 447 304 255
Email: Farah.Abdurahman@horticulture.com.au
www.tasteaustralia.net.au
Publication date: 9/3/2018

 

Source: http://www.freshplaza.com

Indonesia boost for Australian exporters

Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement will mean reduced tariffs and greater opportunities

Australian farmers will have tariffs reduced and be able to export more agricultural products including citrus to Indonesia, after the coalition government signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).

It gives producers and exporters the opportunity to grow their A$3.5bn share of the Indonesian market - indeed, Indonesia is Australi's fourth-largest agricultural export destination.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the coalition government continued to deliver farmers better access to more markets.

“This agreement improve access for industries which trade most to Indonesia, including our livestock, beef and sheepmeat, grains, sugar, dairy, citrus and horticulture,” he said.

“Oranges and limes will get increased duty-free access while dairy, mandarins, potatoes and carrots will get reduced tariffs," he confirmed.

The conclusion of substantive negotiation of IA-CEPA was signed in Indonesia by Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

Key agricultural outcomes of the IA-CEPA include immediate tariff cuts on mandarins from 25 per cent to 10 per cent for 7,500 tonnes per year, down to 0 per cent after 20 years for an unlimited volume, and duty free access for 10,000 tonnes of oranges per year, increasing 5 per cent each year, as well as duty free access for 5,000 tonnes of lemons and limes per year, increasing 2.5 per cent each year.

The agreement also means immediate tariff cuts for potatoes from 25 per cent to 10 per cent for 10,000 tonnes per year; after five years tariff further reduced to 5 per cent for 12,500 tonnes per year, increasing by 2.5 per cent per year, and immediate tariff cuts for carrots from 25 per cent to 10 per cent (from 25 per cent) for 5,000 tonnes per year; down to 0 per cent after 15 years for an unlimited volume.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources MEDIA RELEASE


The Hon. David Littleproud MP

Friday, 31 August 2018

Indonesia trade boost for Australian farmers

• Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) signed this week
• Improves market access for Australian livestock, beef and sheepmeat, grains, sugar, dairy, citrus and horticulture
• Allows farmers to grow their $3.5 billion share of the Indonesian market

Australian farmers will have tariffs reduced and be able to export more livestock, beef and sheep meat, grains, sugar, dairy, citrus and horticulture produce to Indonesia after the Coalition Government today signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).


Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the Coalition Government continued to deliver farmers better access to more markets.


“This agreement improve access for industries which trade most to Indonesia, including our livestock, beef and sheepmeat, grains, sugar, dairy, citrus and horticulture,” Minister Littleproud said.
“This agreement delivers duty free access for half a million tonnes of feed grains per year.
“Our wheat industry exported $1.3 billion worth of produce to Indonesia in 2016-17 and this will grow that further.
”The agreement will increase duty free access for live male cattle by 4 per cent a year to 700,000 head annually.
“Tariffs on most lines of beef and sheepmeat will be reduced from 5 to 0 per cent immediately, with all remaining tariffs to be removed after five years. This will help us build on the $261 million that these exports were worth to Australia in 2016-17.
“Our grain farmers will get guaranteed duty free access for 500,000 tonnes of wheat, barely and sorghum grains per year increasing at 5% per year to 775,664 tonnes.
“Tariffs on our sugar cane will drop from as high as 12 per cent to 5 per cent.
“Oranges and limes will get increased duty-free access while dairy, mandarins, potatoes and carrots will get reduced tariffs.”
Minister Littleproud thanked former trade Minister Steve Ciobo for his hard work on this agreement, and also thanked the trade division of the Australian Department of Agriculture.
The conclusion of substantive negotiation of IA-CEPA was signed today in Indonesia by Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

Background facts:
• Indonesia is our fourth most important agriculture market
* Agriculture makes up almost half of our total exports to Indonesia - worth $3.5 billion to our economy.
* Australia’s top agriculture exports in 2016-17 to Indonesia include wheat ($1.3 billion), sugar ($541 million) and live feeder/slaughter cattle ($620 million).

Key agricultural outcomes from the IA-CEPA include:
More than 99% of Australian goods exports to Indonesia will enter duty free or under significantly improved and preferential arrangements.
• Duty free access for 575,000 head of live male cattle per year, growing at 4% per year to 700,000 at year five of the agreement.
• Remaining tariffs on all Australian exports of frozen beef and sheepmeat into Indonesia reduced to 2.5% immediately, and eliminated after 5 years.
• Guaranteed duty free access for 500,000 tonnes of feed grains per year (wheat, barley, sorghum), increasing at 5% per year to 775,664 tonnes.
• Reducing the tariff on Australian sugar cane from 8-12 % to 5%.
• Immediate elimination of 5% tariff for milk and cream, concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter.
• Immediate elimination of 5% tariff for grated or powdered cheese, of all kinds.
• Immediate tariff cut mandarins from 25% to 10% for 7,500 tonnes per year; down to 0% after 20 years for an unlimited volume.
• Duty free access for 10,000 tonnes of oranges per year, increasing 5% each year.
• Duty free access for 5,000 tonnes of lemons and limes per year, increasing 2.5% each year.
• Immediate tariff cuts for potatoes from 25% to 10% for 10,000 tonnes per year; after five years tariff further reduced to 5% for 12,500 tonnes per year, increasing by 2.5% per year.
• Immediate tariff cuts for carrots from 25% to 10% (from 25%) for 5,000 tonnes per year; down to 0% after 15 years for an unlimited volume.
• Progressive elimination of 5% tariff on Australian honey after 15 years.
Media Contact:
Les White, 0409 805 122

Tariff elimination to boost Australian cherries in China, says importer

Australian cherries are set to benefit from the elimination of tariffs in the Chinese market from the start of next year, according to one importer.

A free trade agreement was signed between the two countries in 2014, with Australian cherry exporters to be subject to zero-tariffs in China from Jan. 1, 2019.

Huang Xianhua, general manager of Shanghai Oheng Import & Export Co., told Fresh Fruit Portal Australian cherries would therefore be on a level playing field with Chile in terms of tariffs.

Chile signed an FTA with China in 2005, and sends the vast majority of its cherries to the Asian country.

Xianhua added that Australia’s higher production costs compared to Chile would be partially offset by its relative proximity to the market, while will save freight costs and make the country more competitive.

Australia is expected to produce a record 18,000 metric tons (MT) of cherries this year, with a little under half due to be exported, according to a USDA forecast. Meanwhile, Chile is expecting to export similar volumes to last season, which saw a huge export rise to 180,000MT.

And according to Xianhua, Chile faces numerous challenges with cherries.

“The processing capacity during the peak of harvest is insufficient, production is easily affected by weather conditions, and the quality is inconsistent, but they are hesitant to invest in protection such as rain nets if the investment it too big,” he said.

U.S.-China trade war
Xianhua also said that the U.S.-China trade war has led to a poor performance of U.S. cherries in the Chinese market this year. China has risen tariffs on the fruit by 40% over recent months, with the latest round coming into effect on July 6.

“This is an enormous cost and is unable to completely be shifted to the consumer end. In the end, the importers have to pay this extra bill,” he said.

Many importers stopped bringing in U.S. cherries while those who continued have run into difficulties, he said.

Other origins have been unable to fill the supply gap, he added.

“There is no [country] that can fully replace it. Canada’s supply is still limited, and Central Asian’s season is too early, also the quality is not good enough and they also have to worry about cold treatment,” he said.

 

Source: https://www.freshfruitportal.com

Agriculture leads the future

"Australian agriculture in a golden age, especially for the Chinese market"
The Australia-China Trade Expo 2018 "Australia-China Economic and Trade Expo" (ACTE2018) is a comprehensive economic and trade exhibition initiated by the Australian-Chinese business community. It was held in Melbourne last weekend and has been successfully held for 12 times.

At this exhibition, the President of Royal Fresh International, and CEO of AATI Holding, David Yang, spoke and shared relevant data on major fruit varieties, distribution, the supply season, fruit farm acquisitions, mergers and integrations in Australia. Royal Fresh has been focusing on Australian fruit exports for many years. AATI Holdings was established in November 2017 as an Australian agricultural technology investment holding company.

"Australian fruit exports to the world are increasing every year. The mainland China market continues to top the list of Australia's first export markets for two consecutive years last year. For example, in 2016, grapes exported 23,946 tons to China and 57,194 tons in 2018; citrus: 40,449 tons in 2017, 72,000 tons in 2018, so on and so forth. " Mr. Yang Jianguang said at the exhibition.

"The golden age of Australian agricultural development is not limited to the rapid growth of Australian domestic agricultural products in the international market in recent years and the good reputation it has won. It also confirms that China's investment in Australian farms has entered a golden age. "

For more information, please click here.

Royal Fresh International Pty Ltd will be looking forward to meeting you at the Hong Kong, Asia Fruit Logistica with Taste Australia. Booth: 3-S17/Hall 3D, Taste Australia

Contact information:
Royal Fresh International Pty Ltd
Email: info@royalfresh.com.au

AATI Holding Pty Ltd
Email: david@aatiholding.com.au


Publication date: 8/29/2018

Source: http://www.freshplaza.com 

 

Image from : https://abf.events/ 

USDA to purchase US$500M of produce as part of trade war assistance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it will purchase more than US$200 million of apples and cherries as part of its assistance programs to growers impacted by tariffs implemented by countries like China.

A total of a little more than US$500 million will be spent on fruits, vegetables and tree nuts under the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Food Purchase and Distribution Program, which has a total budget of US$1.2 billion.

The Food Purchase and Distribution Program is one of three programs – along with the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) – with a total value of US$12 billion recently announced for farmers affected by “unjustified retaliation by foreign nations.”

China has implemented heavy tariffs on all U.S. agricultural exports, while Mexico has set duties for imports of some fruits including apples.

The amounts of commodities to be purchased through the AMS program are based on “an economic analysis of the damage caused by unjustified tariffs imposed on the crops listed below,” the USDA said.

“Their damages will be adjusted based on several factors and spread over several months in response to orders placed by states participating in the FNS nutrition assistance programs,” it said.

The USDA has set aside US$111.5 million for sweet cherries, US$93.4 million for apples, US$85.2 million for pistachios, US$63.3 million for almonds US$55.6 for fresh oranges, US$48.2 million for grapes, US$44.5 million for potatoes, US$34.6 million for walnuts and US$32.8 million for cranberries.

For cherries and almonds, the USDA said the program details are yet to be defined, and these two commodities were not included in the program’s US$1.2 billion budget.

For fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, assistance was also announced for apricots, blueberries, figs, grapefruit, hazelnuts, kidney beans, lemons/limes, Macadamia nuts, Navy beans, orange juice, pears, peas, pecans, plums/prunes, strawberries and sweetcorn.

“Early on, the President instructed me, as Secretary of Agriculture, to make sure our farmers did not bear the brunt of unfair retaliatory tariffs,” said Perdue.

Perdue said that after careful analysis, this strategy has been formulated to mitigate the trade damages sustained by farmers.

“President Trump has been standing up to China and other nations, sending the clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate their unfair trade practices, which include non-tariff trade barriers and the theft of intellectual property,” he said.

“In short, the President has taken action to benefit all sectors of the American economy – including agriculture – in the long run.

“It’s important to note all of this could go away tomorrow, if China and the other nations simply correct their behavior. But in the meantime, the programs we are announcing today buys time for the President to strike long-lasting trade deals to benefit our entire economy.”

Click here to view the USDA press release.

 

Source: www.freshfruitportal.com 

AHEIA announces 2018 Industry Forum

The AHEIA annual industry forum is a must attend event to find out the latest developments and opportunities direct from the people who represent our industry to our international trading partners.

When: Thursday,23 August 2018, 9.30am

Where: Holiday Inn, Melbourne Airport

RSVP by 17 August 2018 to admin@horticulturetrade.com.au or call 07 3379 4983

Price: AHEIA members free, non members $60 +gst

9:30

 

Forum Registration/Coffee

10:00

 

Morning session

   
  • Opening and introduction - AHEIA Chair - Joseph Saina

  • Michael Rogers, Trade, HIAL

  • Exports - David Ironside, A/g Assistant Secretary, Plant Export Operations, DoAWR

  • Imports - Douglas Kerruish or Bussakorn Mpelasoka, Assistant Secretary, Plant Import Operations, DoAWR

  • Anita Langford or Thomas Lees, Office of Transport Security

  • Travis Brooks-Garrett, Director, Freight and Trade Alliance

12:30

 

Lunch

13:30

 

Afternoon session

   
  • Statistics Presentation - Wayne Prowse Principal & Senior Analyst, Fresh Intelligence Consulting

  • Ben Reilly - Steritech

  • Moderated Q & A

  • Opportunities in 2017/2018 and Close - AHEIA CEO, Dominic Jenkin

15:30

 

Close

Cost $60+ gst for non-members, free for members

RSVP by 17 Aug - please respond as to whether you are attending the AGM and/or Forum 

Phone: (07) 3379 4983

Email: admin@horticulturetrade.com.au 

 

The AHEIA 2018 Industry forum is sponsored by Steritech