American consumers will be able to get their hands on Australian mangoes, thanks to new market access arrangements recently agreed between USA and Australian authorities. Initial shipments of Australian mangoes will start later this month. The new market access arrangement is to be announced by the Federal Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce, at 10.30am tomorrow, Thursday 15th January 2015.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) Robert Gray said he was thrilled to be able to take the unique Australian mango flavour to US consumers.
“Our American consumers will get superb quality mangoes. Australian mangoes are in peak supply at the moment and production will continue through January and Febraury, with a number of different varieties available,” Mr Gray said.
“By opening the door to the US market, we will be able to drive demand and increase the volumes of fruit being exported to the US for future seasons, substantially benefiting the Australian mango industry and increasing grower profits,” he said.
AMIA have been working closely with the Federal Department of Agriculture to ensure the working arrangements are viable and beneficial to the Australian mango industry.
Mango exports have been a focus of AMIA this season, following the development of the Mango Export Plan, which aims to increase mango exports by 100% over the next three years. The Mango Export Plan is one component of the Industry Strategic Investment Plan, which endeavours to increase grower profits by 20% over five years.
“We are very thankful to Minister Joyce and the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Trade and Investment Queensland and the Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food for their ongoing effort and support and involvement in the development of the Mango Export Plan,” Mr Gray said.