After two years of trade restrictions, Chinese officials gave the green light this week for the resumption of Australian exports. The lifting of this ban, including mangoes and citrus, is a huge opportunity for local producers. It means citrus, stone fruit, mango and cherry producers can now ship their products into the lucrative market.
According to Australian Mango Industry Association chief executive Brett Kelly, the Chinese market is potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars: "China has always been a major opportunity and in particular with the middle class which is growing substantially. The potential is huge for Australian growers."
Fruit was on a list of exports subjected to official and unofficial Chinese trade barriers imposed in 2020 after Australia called for an independent inquiry into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.