Australia and China have agreed to a new horticultural market that will open the way for the export of Australian blueberries to China. This agreement is a step in the right direction for export market growth and opportunity for new markets for our local industry.

The new ‘two and two’ agreement includes Australian apples and blueberries as future market access priorities. The inclusion of blueberries on the priority list will progress after the existing access priority of mainland apples.

Blueberries on bush - Marie CookThe commencement of market will take time due to the technical complexity of access negotiations, as each country looks to safeguard its national biosecurity interests and food safety standards.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, said the new agreement will build on market access achievements delivered under the previous four and four agreement.

“We currently export blueberries to almost 20 countries and the new agreement provides a significant opportunity for the Australian industry to access another valuable market” Mr Hartsuyker said

In 2006, Australia and China agreed to prioritise negotiations by considering each other’s top four horticulture market access requests through a ‘four and four’ agreement, which has provided agricultural trade benefits for both countries.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will work closely with the Australian apple and blueberry industries to guide and inform its work in preparing for market access submissions to China.

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