Australia eyes more fruit exports to PH
Cherries and other stone fruits from Australia will soon be more visible in the Philippine market as its trade officials are eyeing an increase in horticulture exports by 33 percent to A$20 million this year.
BusinessMirror reported that Canberra intends to undertake more measures to facilitate trade and step up promotion for Australian fruits and plants in the Philippines.
Anthony Weymouth, senior trade commissioner for the Philippines at the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), said Austrade is in talks with the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) to establish an agreement to hasten delivery to ensure that produce from Australia arrive fresh.
Weymouth said current shipments of fresh produce from Australia is done by sea and takes some 15 days. He said Manila and Canberra should talk about airfreight protocol.
Australian horticulture exports to the Philippines rose to A$15 million in 2015 due to the BPI’s cold treatment protocols which reduced shipping time, and the Asean-Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), which allowed duty-free importation of temperate fruits such as grapes, oranges, stonefruits, cherries, apples, and pears.