Tariffs on mangoes imported into China will be eliminated over four years under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, which is due to be signed in 2015.
A Declaration of Intent for the Free Trade Agreement was signed by Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng in November 2014. A treaty approval processes will now be undertaken for signature in 2015. In this deal, all horticulture products will have tariffs eliminated, with a majority to be phased out over four years. Currently, the Chinese impose about a 20 per cent import tariff on mangoes.
AMIA CEO Robert Gray said that with the elimination of tariffs, mango growers and exporters will see significantly improved opportunities for export growth. “This is a successful outcome that could unlock substantial benefits for the entire industry. The opportunities for mango growers and exporters will be significant. The Chinese market is enormous. It is the world’s second largest economy and with the change in consumer eating habits, their purchasing potential is massive, if improvements can be made to the quarantine restrictions to increase efficiencies and product quality,” he said.
A strategy of AMIA’s new export plan is to double mango exports in three years and this will be achieved in-part by improving access protocols to current markets. Mango access to China is currently restricted by disinfestation requirements. Australia now has free trade deals with its three largest export markets; China, Korea and Japan, who account for more than 61 per cent of Australian exported goods.