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Washington Apple Commission on Chinese tariffs

New tariffs on imports don't seem to be discouraging retailers from purchasing Washington apples. Seasonal purchasing trends might be. China buys Washington-grown cherries, apples and pears, which are all included in the trade dispute which spiked just a few weeks ago. There was already a 10 percent tariff on imports, so this new 15% duty is going to make the duty on several products going into China 25%.

“We naturally see our shipments drop off about this time of year,” said Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover. “Most of the people I spoke to just last week when I was in Shanghai were going to continue to ship.” As of April 1, the total fresh crop was 135.3 million boxes with 79.7 million sold.

Ifiberone.com describes how the Washington Apple Commission - that doesn’t really look at pricing - is advocating for retailers and consumers in China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Western Europe, Mexico, South America, Central America, Canada and the Middle East to purchase their crop.

“It’s not about shipment,” said Fryhover. “It’s about making sure the product quality is very good before you get it there.” China’s zero-decay tolerance creates a heftier protocol for shippers and packers which means that the pricing in the marketplace is already quite good for local growers.

Publication date: 4/17/2018


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