After over two years without direct access to China for Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples, the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) officially announced reinstatement of market access, effective immediately. Shipments of Washington apples to the Asian country stopped in August 2012 when the Chinese government refused to issue import permits to Chinese importers, citing concerns with a recently discovered fungus they claimed was not in China…Full Article: Fresh Fruit Portal Oct 2014

Key Point

  • During the 2010 to 2011 marketing year, the state of Washington exported 54,446 MTs (~Three million 40-lb cartons) to China, making the country its fourth largest export market. With the ban lifted, red colored apples will make up the bulk (~98% by volume) of Washington’s Chinese-bound shipments.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In March 2014, the President of the Northwest Horticulture Council (USA) lamented that Washington apples failed to receive export approval from China. The major sticking point being China’s demand that 0.1% of apples be disease free.
  • In early 2012, China banned imports of Washington apples (80% of U.S. supply) after “postharvest diseases” were detected in a shipment.

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