Australia has negotiated expanded access for our citrus exports to the United States, and once finalised the agreement will see citrus fruit produced in inland Queensland, Western Australia, and Bourke and Narromine in New South Wales exported to the US.
The United States (US). Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has agreed to expand access for Aussie citrus exports.
The deal means that more production areas in Australia will be authorised to export fresh citrus fruit to the US.
We value our trade relationship with the US very highly and we are committed to providing the US with our top-quality product. “Just last year we exported over $19 million of citrus to the US.
Our overseas counsellors and technical experts are now working through the details of an operational work plan with the US to support the expanded access.
Once finalised exports of citrus produced in inland Queensland, Western Australia, and Bourke and Narromine in New South Wales to the US can commence.
This is excellent news for Australian growers, expanded access will greatly benefit the citrus industry and growers in the additional regions.
Previously citrus was only exported to the US from the Riverina (New South Wales), the Riverland (South Australia), and the Sunraysia New South Wales and Victoria).
What our local Citrus Industry achieves
• Our citrus production is set to hit about 800,000 tonnes this season
• The vast majority is produced in the Riverina, the Riverland and the Sunraysia
• About 20% is produced in Queensland and Western Australia
• Our citrus exports are worth about half a billion dollars a year*
• The US is a premium market for our citrus, currently valued at about $20 million a year * – and now set to grow with this expanded access.