The signing of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) on Monday has been welcomed by vegetable industry representative, Ausveg, which expects the trade deal will help Australian vegetable growers looking to export into this growing market.
The IA-CEPA is expected to improve trade between the two countries and provide opportunities for Australia’s fresh vegetable exporters.
“The agreement to increase import quotas and decrease tariffs for carrot and potato exports – two of the Australian vegetable industry’s key export crops – should lead to an immediate increase in the trade of these commodities to Indonesia,” said AUSVEG CEO James Whiteside.
Australian vegetable exports to Indonesia in the 2017/18 financial year were valued at $3.7 million, with potatoes accounting for nearly half this total.
“Given Indonesia is predicted to have the world’s fifth largest economy by 2030, the IA-CEPA will help ensure that Australia, and its horticulture producers, will be able to benefit from the country’s expected economic growth.”
The vegetable industry is seeking to increase its export value to $315 million per year by 2020, an increase of 40 per cent from 2016.