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Australia's top ten trade commodities – Summerfruit

Australian summerfruit exports

Australia's summerfruit industry, encompassing peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums, is becoming increasingly export oriented, driven by demand from Asian and Middle Eastern markets.

Proximity to Asia allows for lower freight costs and quicker access to fresh markets, enhancing the appeal of Australian summerfruit. Additionally, counter seasonal availability increases demand in Asian markets. In 2021, exports were valued over $92 million, with close to 21,000 tonnes exported, representing nearly 17% of total production volume.

Summerfruit is produced in approximately 26 regions across Australia and is available from October to April each year. Enriched with essential vitamins A, C, and E, along with dietary fiber and potassium, Australian peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricots are renowned for their quality, thanks to advanced horticultural practices and dedicated growers. The warm climate and hot, dry summers in Australia result in sweeter, juicier summer stonefruit.

Australian summerfruit exports to top 10 markets (by volume in tonnage, year ending March 2024)

  1. China – 12,279
  2. Singapore – 2,605
  3. Hong Kong – 1,261
  4. Malaysia – 939
  5. United Arab Emirates – 905
  6. Canada – 601
  7. Indonesia – 549
  8. Saudi Arabia – 375
  9. Qatar – 248
  10. Kuwait – 212

Countries that Australia has market access for summerfruit 

Data from Micor

China

Singapore

Hong Kong

Malaysia

United Arab Emirates

Canada

Indonesia

Saudi Arabia

Qatar

Kuwait

Taiwan

Philippines

New Caledonia

Vietnam

Oman

French Polynesia

India

Thailand

Bahrain

Fiji

Lebanon

Papua New Guinea

Brunei

France

Tonga

Cambodia

Seychelles

Vanuatu

Italy

Solomon Islands

Switzerland

Myanmar

Belarus

Jordan

Sri Lanka

Mayotte

Bangladesh

Pakistan

Mauritius

 

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