HIA and the China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to demonstrate their long-term commitment to building their relationship.
The MoU creates a framework for mutually beneficial engagement of horticultural trade interests between the two countries.
HIA CEO John Lloyd said the MoU is a tangible demonstration of HIA’s leadership in the trade space, bringing together Australian horticultural exporting commodities under one document.
“Hort Innovation has worked closely with CIQA to negotiate the MoU, and the high-level attendance on both sides reflects the importance the parties attach to the relationship,” Mr Lloyd said.
Annie Farrow, APAL Industry Services Manager, also signed the MoU on behalf of Australia’s apple and pear growers.
“Representatives from the Australian citrus, table grape, stonefruit and cherry industries also signed the MoU between HIA and CIQA,” Annie explained.
“The apple and pear chapter states that the parties may encourage the development of collaborative projects to benefit the joint interests of their members and that these projects may form a separate Memorandum of Agreement. APAL is seeking to sign an Agreement with CIQA later this year.
“Better relationships with the Chinese industry aims to help drive access for mainland apples into China.”
HIA organised a program of activities at the China Fruit and Vegetable Fair where the MoU was signed including a technical workshop – the sixth held between China and the Australian horticultural industries. The workshop provided a series of presentations from industry in both countries to expand understanding and cooperation across the horticulture sector.