Following the amendment of Indonesia’s import restrictions earlier this month, the Indonesian Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporter and Importer Association (or AseibssIndo) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Washington Apple Commission (WAC).
The agreement, signed 24 July, acknowledges the relationship between the two industries and confirms the Indonesian association’s desire to import Washington apples in a range of varieties and sizes throughout the year.
“The MoU confirms the importance of Washington apple exports to Indonesia for both sides of the trade,” said Rebecca Lyons, WAC international marketing director.
“There is a long-standing history between these markets. The agreement to continue this relationship is an act of cooperation and it was an effort by both parties to establish a strong future of trade,” she said.
The agreement, signed by Diane Kurrle of the WAC and Hendra Jowono of AsseibsIndo in Washington DC, and will be effective for three years.
US Washington Apples count Indonesia as their largest market in South East Asia. Since Indonesia’s import restrictions were introduced in 2011/12, shipments have dropped by as much as 50 per cent in following seasons.