China lifts ban on Australian fruit

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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.

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