A Tasmanian grower has become the first in Australia to export apples to China. Almost 4,000 kilograms of Royal Gala [red with some green-yellow coloration] apples have arrived by plane in Shanghai from Hansen orchards in the Huon Valley…Full Article: ABC Rural Apr 2014

Key point

  • In 2010, Tasmanian apples were officially allowed (“pest free status”) to be exported to China, but failed to do so owing to the unprofitable exchange rate between the Australian dollar and Chinese yuan (AU$ 1 = 6.2 CNY in 2010)

ChinaAg Comment

  • Apple production is primarily situated in eastern part of China, with Shaanxi and Shandong provinces producing 9 million MTs (25% of Chinese output) and 8.3 million MTs (23% of Chinese output) in 2011, respectively

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