Australian Consulate-General
Hong Kong

Media Release 2016-09-06

6 September 2016

Fresh and safe: Australian produce upholds public confidence                

Australia’s reputation as a clean and green producer of fruits, nuts and vegetables will be reinforced at one of Asia’s largest fruit trade shows.

The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Horticulture Innovation Australia and AusVeg are bringing almost 200 industry representatives – from growers to industry bodies, government and exporters – to this year’s Asia Fruit Logistica. The trade show will run from 7 to 9 September 2016 at the Asia-World Expo.

Australian Consul-General Paul Tighe said, “Australia is renowned for its clean environment and stringent food safety standards at every stage in the supply chain that makes our produce very popular worldwide.”

“The trade figures reflect the popularity of good quality fruits and vegetables. Our exports in horticultural products hit record levels in 2015, reaching a total of A$2.2bn (HK$12.76 bn), up 47 per cent from the previous year. Hong Kong, Singapore and China are Australia’s most valuable fruit export markets, which collectively account for almost half of all fruit export value.” Mr Tighe added.

Australian nectarines will be one of the highlights in this trade show. Hong Kong was Australia’s top market for nectarine last year, valued at A$7.75M (HK$ 44.95M). 

Nectarines will attract a 6 per cent tariff into China, falling to 4 per cent on January 1, 2017 after work from the Australian Government to secure the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. After a further fall to 2 per cent in 2018, the tariff will be eliminated from January 1, 2019.

Other interesting and unique products including watermelon radishes and a range of new pre-packaged and value-added retail products will be exhibited.

The Australia Fresh pavilion will be officially opened at 3pm on Wednesday, 7 September by Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Leanne Donaldson, and Horticulture Innovation Australia Chairman, Selwyn Snell.

The Australia Fresh Pavilion at Asia Fruit Logistica
Date: 7 – 9 September 2016
Venue: Hall 3D, Asia World Expo

* Senior Trade Commissioner Mr Sam Guthrie and Australian exhibitors will be available for interview.