In April 2013, France lodged an application with the Australian Government for access to export French apples to Australia.
The application has not yet been processed, but APAL’s Industry Services Manager Annie Farrow recently met with one of France’s major apple exporters – Blue Whale – who asked about the application’s progress because France remains interested in exporting apples here.
France is a very large apple producer – in the top ten across the world. The World Apple Review (2015) puts French apple production at an estimated 1.69 million tonnes in 2014, well in excess of Australia’s annual production, which is around 300,000 tonnes.
“France is the world’s sixth largest apple exporter,” says Annie. “However, a decline in production has led to a decline in exports which means they may be looking for new export markets to explore and hence their interest in Australia.”
The Australian Department of Agriculture will assess France’s import application once it has been prioritised and resources become available, but there is no set time frame when this will happen.
“APAL will argue that the Department should assess applications to import tropical fruit from Asia before assessing the French application to import apples,” says Annie.
“Australia has a great number of requests for market access and protocol improvements with Asian countries for the export of our horticultural products, and giving priority to their requests is likely to generate a better outcome for the country.”
For more information contact APAL Industry Services Manager Annie Farrow on 03 9329 3511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.