The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has agreed to expand access for citrus exports following negotiation from the Australian Government.
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, David Littleproud welcomed the news: “We value our trade relationship with the US very highly and we are committed to providing the US with our top-quality product,” Littleproud said. “Just last year we exported over $19 million of citrus to the US. Our overseas counsellors and technical experts are now working through the details of an operational work plan with the US to support the expanded access. Once finalised exports of citrus produced in inland Queensland, Western Australia, and Bourke and Narromine in New South Wales to the US can commence.”
He continued: “This is excellent news for Australian growers, expanded access will greatly benefit the citrus industry and growers in the additional regions. Previously citrus was only exported to the US from the Riverina (New South Wales), the Riverland (South Australia), and the Sunraysia New South Wales and Victoria). This win will contribute towards the Australian Government’s commitment of a $100 billion agriculture sector by 2030.”