Australia’s Costa Group has issued an urgent plea for the Albanese government to prioritize export market access for horticultural products into key markets. According to Sean Hallahan, Costa CEO and Managing Director, the lack of access to key markets, especially Japan for Australia’s avocados, was affecting the entire industry: “It is vitally important for the new Albanese government to prioritise export market access for horticultural products into key markets, most prominently Japan.”
“A whole of government approach is urgently needed to gain access to Japan for eastern seaboard (QLD/NSW) grown avocados. If this can occur, then together with the access Western Australia currently has to Japan, it will provide Australian avocado growers an opportunity to supply the Japanese market on an almost year-round basis, something that no other country can do,” he said.
Mr Hallahan said other countries, including Peru, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Canada, Mexico and the United States had successfully gained access to China and other south east Asian countries for their fresh produce.