These past few weeks, Washington State apple growers have been continuously concerned about continuing trade barriers that threaten overseas fruit exports. Overseas trade accounts for 30 percent of the state’s apple production.
According to Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover, this year could be a challenge, given the current trade environment and competition: “We have several challenges. We’re still faced with a 20 percent duty in India. We’re faced with a 50 percent duty in China.”
He said any trade agreement with China has yet to be ratified, and thus, the duties remain in place. So, hopes aren’t high for a quick resolution.
Mexico is the top export market for Washington Apples with over 12.3 million boxes of fruit shipped between 2013 and 2016. Canada came in second with 6.3 million boxes. For China, it was 2.2 million boxes during that time.