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Value of Australian fruit exports to China dropped in 2021/22

Australia’s agricultural exports reached $67.5 billion in the 2021/22 season, representing an increase of 37% year-on-year. In the commodity sectors, fruit exports stood at $1.3 billion and 425,000 metric tons, down 0.9% and 1.2%, respectively. The average export price of Australian fruits remained relatively stable during this period.

In 2019/20, Australia’s fruit exports to China reached a record high of over $522 million. Although China remained the largest overseas market in 2021/22, the value of exports declined further from the previous season, falling A$66m (-19.5%) to A$272m. The report attributes this decline to a combination of factors, including strained relations between the two countries in recent years and China’s strict COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Table grape exports, which represented 38.8% of Australia’s total fruit exports in 2021/22, decreased by $58.9 million (-35.8%). Meanwhile, citrus exports to China remained the same as last season, clocking in at $105.6 million. However, it is worth noting that the value of Mandarin exports increased by 19 million Australian dollars to 59.9 million.


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