On The Land

3 December, 2023

MOU signed for avocado export

EXPORTING Queensland avocados to China has moved a step closer with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Beijing between Avocados Australia and an agency that assists with market access.

MOU signed for avocado export - feature photo

As the largest avocado producing state in Australia, the Queensland Government firmly supports the sector gaining market access to China.

The MOU is with China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) — a not-for-profit organisation focused on the import and export inspection and quarantine sector.

CIQA also assists with overcoming technical barriers to trade agreements and other technical market access issues.

Under the MOU, CIQA has agreed to assist in sharing market intelligence, helping to develop frameworks for necessary R&D that feed into overcoming market access barriers and facilitating information sharing between China’s regulatory market access bodies and Avocados Australia.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland produced some of the best avocados in Australia which were very much in demand overseas.

“I’m very pleased to witness the signing of this MOU which supports the opportunity for Australian avocados to gain market access to China,” she said during her trip to China.

“This MOU will enable greater collaboration between CIQA and Avocados Australia, while bolstering industry development through R&D, ultimately growing Queensland’s avocado industry and increasing employment.

“I look forward to welcoming the CIQA team to Queensland and opening additional pathways for a future thriving avocado trade with China,” she said.


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