Outlook for Australian citrus season quite positive

As the Australian citrus season is underway, and despite the uncertainty and disruption caused by the pandemic, its outlook is quite positive. The dry conditions experienced during the growing season have led to the production of sweeter, juicier fruit [than last year] with a low level of blemish and good sizing.

Whilst volumes to China have been down on the previous year by 50%, other export markets such as Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia have increased trade, which has kept the total volume of fruit export at levels comparable to 2019 and seen pricing firm to similar levels [as compared to last year].

Covid-19 disruptions have included restrictions in accessing seasonal workers and additional export protocols for the China market, with the country now requiring a Letter of Guarantee that imported foods and products comply with China’s food laws and regulations from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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