China lifts ban on Australian fruit
Chinese officials have lifted a two-year-long trade ban on Australian products, including fruit, caused by political tensions between both nations after Australia called for an independent inquiry into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic early 2020.
The decision will allow citrus, stone fruit, mango, and cherry producers to ship their products to a market worth millions of dollars.
The ban which included coal, wine, timber, barley, beef, seafood, cotton and copper was estimated to cost Australian exporters about $20 billion a year.
“We hope all exports resume as soon as possible,” said the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, during a press conference.
Brett Kelly, Australian Mango Industry Association chief executive, tells 3AW radio that “China has always been a major opportunity and in particular with the middle class which is growing substantially. The potential is huge for Australian growers," he adds.