The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is ramping up talks with China, the world’s largest producer of apples, to allow both countries to ship more of the produce item across borders, but the U.S. apple industry is happy about it, reports Pro Agriculture’s Bill Tomson this morning.
APHIS officials confirmed Monday that they are preparing to meet with officials from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), in San Francisco, in January. The conversation will likely expand on an agreement reached between APHIS and AQSIQ , in October, which reopened China to red and golden delicious apples from Washington state.
China produced about 33 million metric tons of apples in 2010 — roughly half of the world’s supply — while the United States was a distant second, producing about 4.2 million metric tons, according to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization data. But China is a much bigger consumer of apples than exporter, according to the USDA, and the country will likely ship mostly Fuji apples to the United States, which will not add up to much — about 10,000 tons per year. The U.S., meanwhile, is the world’s largest exporter of fresh apples.
Publication date: 12/24/2014