Fruit and vegetable exporters need to invest in more storage as Australia ships increasing volumes of fresh produce to overseas markets. In 2017, IHS Global Trade Atlas data showed that the value of exported fresh produce reached $2.11 billion, up nearly thrice compared to the almost $847 million value in 2012.
Dominated by Fruits
Fruit exports accounted for a majority of the overall export value. Citrus and table grapes accounted for a combined export value of more than $796 million in the previous year. By market share, China has been the biggest destination of overseas fruit and vegetable exports. Shipments to the country represented 19 per cent of the export value, or almost $1 out of $5.
This led the industry and the Australian government to work together and launch the first online guide for exporters. Steven Ciobo, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, said that the new guidelines would allow companies to be familiar with different rules and regulations, including storage requirements. Before entering into the cold chain, on-site storage is increasingly important. Options such as container sheds provide a mobile and flexible storage facility before the product is taken to markets in Australia and abroad.
Exporters of vegetables may account for a smaller value than fruit, but the market is tipped to grow in the next two years. Ausveg expects revenue from overseas vegetable shipments to reach $315 million by 2020. Carrots should remain the most popular export product, following on from 110,000 tonnes of shipments worth $91 million.
Limited access to the Chinese market serves as one reason behind the sector’s smaller revenue generation compared to fruit, according to Ausveg national manager for export development, Michael Coote. Fruit exports dominate the export market by value since they are more expensive due to their seasonal production, unlike most types of vegetables that can be produced year-round, Coote said.
Whether you are a fruit or vegetable exporter, there is a need for efficient storage solutions to protect the freshness of products. This also lets you remain in compliance with different trade regulations in Australia and abroad.