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US apple import review moves into next phase

Industry Advocacy

With the submission period concluding last week, the Australian Government’s review of proposals to allow import of USA apples into Australia has moved into the next critical phase.

The Department Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) has begun reviewing the submissions received, as it prepares the final report to inform the Commonwealth Government’s decision.

APAL CEO Phil Turnbull said APAL’s early discussions with DAWE indicated it will take some time to consider all the submissions received and matters raised

“Our submission highlights the significant work to be completed before the report can reasonably inform any decision by the Australian Government,” said Mr Turnbull.

“We expect to have further talks with the Department over coming weeks as they consider the many questions asked and concerns detailed in our submission,” said Mr Turnbull.

APAL expects its submission will be made public once DAWE finalises their report.

“Given the draft Report is a draft, we expect the next iteration will include significant corrections, revisions and further data.

“We encourage DAWE to take the time needed to thoroughly consider the submissions and their impact on the draft report, with the understanding that we continue to be available to provide DAWE with further knowledge, experience and industry insight.

“We will continue to update the industry as we work through these matters with the Department,” said Mr Turnbull.

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