Strong start for 2016 citrus exports
The level of citrus exports for the first five months of the year is 92% higher than the equivalent period last year – when the highest level of exports was achieved.
Citrus Australia CEO, Judith Damiani, said Australian citrus exports recorded 16,765 tonnes by the end of May, valued at $25.9 million.
“The result is 92% higher than at the same time last year,” Judith said.
Most markets recorded a strong start to the season. Orange exports are 119% higher to date, while mandarins are 46% higher.
“Significantly, more than 2000 tonnes of lemons have been sent to Indonesia – a fourfold increase on last year to date.
Indonesia has been the early driver behind this export growth – there has been 211% growth in orange exports to date, compared to the equivalent period last year.
“Hong Kong, China and Japan have all recorded a strong start to the season along with significant percentage growth in the smaller markets, including UAE,” Judith said.