US consumers will be able to buy and enjoy Australian mangoes off their supermarket shelves this week with the first consignment arriving in the United States since a new export arrangement was finalised by the Coalition Government last month.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the increased market access for Australian horticultural products was a boost for producers and demonstrated the Coalition Government’s commitment to improving market access for Australian fruit growers.
“This is an exciting start to Australia’s horticulture trade for the year with 804 cartons of Calypso mangoes from the Bundaberg region available for sale in the Dallas – Fort Worth area,” Minister Joyce said.
“Australians have long enjoyed quality produce and expanding trade with the US will help reinforce our reputation as a competitive exporter of quality agricultural products.
“This is another example of the Coalition Government’s determination to increase returns at the farmgate and for regional communities by improving market access for our quality produce at every opportunity,” Minister Joyce said.
The arrival and biosecurity clearance of the first shipment of mangoes follows the development of export protocols to allow irradiated Australian mangoes into the US.
Minister Joyce said US access for mangoes has been a priority market access request and showed that government-industry partnerships were vitally important to growing new market opportunities.
“The United States is a top export market for Australian horticulture products, and I congratulate those producers who have taken advantage of the opportunities this new market presents,” Minister Joyce said.
Australian growers produced 45,000 tonnes of mangoes in 2012-13 with exports valued at $16 million.
The Australian Department of Agriculture will continue to work with the mango industry to prepare for expanded trade next season.