The United States and Australia have a very strong trade relationship. In fiscal year 2013, U.S. exports of agricultural and related products to Australia reached $1.64 billion, while U.S. imports from Australia totaled $2.75 billion. Top U.S. agricultural exports include fruits, vegetables, pork products, eggs and related products, condiments and dairy products.

The United States has had a free trade agreement with Australia since 2005. Australia is generally active in international trading fora and strongly supports greater U.S. economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, making it a key strategic ally. However, Australia has a stringent quarantine regime that restricts or bans the import of many agricultural products. Australia is participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, offering further opportunities to break down trade barriers and expand market access for U.S. food and agricultural products.

Data & Analysis

Cherry production for 2014-15 is forecast to expand to 18,000 MT, 12 per cent above the previous year, with the harvest area significantly revised upwards.
The information contained in this report deals with both public health and quarantine requirements for foods imported into Australia.