Apple growers in the US state of Washington, the largest apple-growing region in the country, will see their exports to China doubling within two years after the two countries expanded market access for apples, the president of the Washington Apple Commission (WAC) said over the weekend. An agreement reached between US and Chinese officials in late January has for the first time granted mutual market access for all varieties of apples, which will be realized in the next few weeks, Lou Vanechanos, Asia-Pacific regional manager of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service under the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), told a media briefing on Friday [30 January 2015]…Full Article: The Global Times Feb 2015

Key Point

  • Apple prices in the Chinese consumer market generally range from CNY 12 to CNY 30 (~US$1.92 to ~US$4.81) per kg. According to the article, the average wholesale price for domestic Chinese apples was CNY 9.31 (~US$1.49) per kg, a price increase from the year before. At the same time, Red Delicious apples from Washington were being sold at CNY 19.80 (US$3.17) per kg.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In January 2015, China’s AQSIQ and the USDA agreed on a deal that would permit for the importation and exportation of all varieties of apples between the two countries.
  • In October 2014, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) lifted the ban on US apples.
  • 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 August 2012, China banned imports of Washington apples (80% of U.S. supply) after “postharvest diseases” were detected in a shipment.
  • Starting in 1994, China only allowed the importation of Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apple varieties from the US.

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