ABC Rural, 16 July, 2015. Table grape and citrus industry bodies welcome reopening of Vietnamese trade, by Clint Jasper.

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

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Australian table grape and citrus growers have welcomed the reopening of trade with Vietnam, which has been shut down since January.

On Thursday, the Federal Government announced Vietnam was now satisfied Australian produce met the higher biosecurity protocols it was seeking from the Australian industry.

It also announced Australia had opened the door to Vietnamese lychee imports.

Vietnam is the second most valuable market for the Australian table grape industry, and this year growers missed out completely, according to the Australian Table Grape Association’s CEO Jeff Scott.

“We traditionally export just over $32 million worth of table grapes to Vietnam, and exports generally are a $40 million market,” he said…

Citrus Australia market access manager David Daniels said… (the lifting of the ban)… “has come at a very opportune time for us and the Department of Agriculture has negotiated a very workable protocol for us”…

 

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