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Deadline approaches for US Apple import submissions

Industry Advocacy

Australia’s peak apple and pear body, APAL, has welcomed the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment’s assurances that it will thoroughly consider industry concerns contained in submissions responding to its Draft report for the review of biosecurity import requirements for fresh apple fruit from the Pacific Northwest states of the United States of America

The submission period concludes tomorrow, Thursday 21 January 2021.

APAL CEO Phil Turnbull said when the report was released in October 2020 APAL engaged experienced technical experts to lead its review on behalf of Australian apple and pear growers.

“The final report will be the basis for the Australian Government deciding whether to allow apple imports from the US PNW region and the safeguards that will apply. This is a massive decision that will impact Australian consumers as well as producers from a wide range of agricultural industries that are vulnerable to the more than 24 pests identified in the report,” said Mr Turnbull.

“The report needs to accurately reflect the biosecurity risks in the US PNW growing region, along the import pathway and on arrival in Australia,” said Mr Turnbull.

“For the past three months our team has comprehensively reviewed the science in the report. We look forward to providing our submission tomorrow and continuing to engage with the Department over coming months to address the many concerns and questions we have identified,” said Mr Turnbull.

“The success of the consultation process hinges on the Government and the Department being open to receiving, considering and responding to industry questions and feedback – and to revising the draft report to ensure any decision made by the Government is informed and consistent with our biosecurity and trade obligations,” said Mr Turnbull.

“As we can, we will keep industry informed of the progress we make to resolve issues identified in our submission,” said Mr Turnbull.

Anyone intending to make comment on the draft report must ensure their submission is received by the Department by tomorrow’s deadline.

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