Canada opens market to Polish apples

"Polish apples should soon be available in the Canadian market, as an agreement has been reached between the Canadian and Polish sides; now everything depends on the importers," stated Poland's Ambassador to Canada, Marcin Bosacki.

As noted by Bosacki, this decision, reached last Friday, coincided with an official visit to Poland of the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston. 

"The message is very positive, as it is one of the largest markets," said the Ambassador. He pointed out that the United States annually exports apples worth $ 140 million to this market, so there is a chance that the Polish fruit will take a good share. 

He added that apples in Canada are expensive and difficult to purchase at a price below $ 3 per kilogram. 

The Polish side submitted a formal request for access of Polish apples to Canada in 2012 and negotiations have been on-going for the past two years. The process accelerated after the meeting in August between Ambassador Bosacki and the head of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

According to Bosacki, Polish apples will start being shipped to that market as soon as Polish exporters start closing deals with Canadian importers, maybe even in a few weeks. The head of the Polish Embassy in Ottawa noted, however, that Canadians have high sanitary requirements. 

"The opening of the Canadian market for Polish apples is very good news," said the president of the Association of Fruit Growers, Mirosław Maliszewski. He said that Polish varieties are suitable to Canadian tastes, and prices will also be quite good. He added that Canada already imports large quantities of apples, including from Europe.

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