US apple suppliers mull return to Japan

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US apple suppliers mull return to Japan

At least two growers express interest in sending fruit to Asian nation for the first time since 2001

US apple suppliers mull return to Japan

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A rigorous trade protocol and a 17 per cent tariff have not deterred US apple exporters from contemplating a return to the Japanese market.

Good Fruit Grower has reported that Japanese inspectors recently visited a US packhouse, with at least two growers from the country’s Northwest region exploring the option of sending fruit to the Asian nation.

US apple exporters haven’t shipped to Japan in over a decade, mainly due to the high tariff rate and costs associated with meeting the import protocol, which requires methyl bromide fumigation and a 55-day cold treatment process.

“These packers have taken the expense into account, and they’re willing to give it a try,” Northwest Fruit Exporters manager Fred Scarlett told Good Fruit Grower. “Obviously, they think they can make some money doing it.”

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