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China increases access for U.S. apples

China increases access for U.S. apples

U.S. and Chinese officials reached agreement over the weekend to allow to all U.S. apples to gain access to the Chinese market, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today.

The agreement has the potential to increase U.S. fresh apple exports, which were valued at more than $1 billion in 2013, by approximately 10 percent, USDA said in a news release.

With this new agreement, the apple industry estimates that within two years, exports to China will reach 5 million bushels annually, a value of nearly $100 million per year, USDA said.

The agreement was reached during bilateral discussions between USDA and China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine in San Francisco, USDA added.

Vilsack said the new access "is the culmination of decades of hard work by USDA staff."

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He also noted that "The past six years have been the strongest in history for agricultural trade, with U.S. agricultural product exports totaling $771.7 billion since 2009."

–The Hagstrom Report