CANBERRA: Apple and pear exports from Australia increased significantly between January-November 2015, climbing 111% and 46% respectively. Oneonta apple shot
Total apple exports in the period reached 3,612 metric tons (MT), valued at some AUD$10.3 million (US$7.2 million), according to Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL). The positive results were influenced heavily by a five-fold increase in the apple trade to Thailand, while Pink Lady trade to the U.K. also impacted results.
Regarding pears, exports reached 9,785MT for the period, valued at AUD$15.7 million (US$11 million), with New Zealand and Indonesia as the main market destinations. In terms of imports, Australia purchased 13% more overseas-grown apples at 693MT with the main share imported from China. Pear imports swelled 60% year-on-year to reach 1,082MT.