The value of fresh vegetable exports grew to $159 million in 2013-14. Fresh vegetables accounted for 62% of total vegetable exports. Fresh vegetable exports from Australia are sent to a wide range of destinations but are often vegetable specific. Singapore and Japan have traditionally been the major destinations; however in 2013-14 the United Arab Emirates surpassed Japan to become Australia’s second largest fresh vegetable export destination. Fresh vegetable exports to the United Arab Emirates increased by 26% to $23 million in 2013-14 and have been continuously increasing, particularly over the last five years. Most fresh vegetable exports are sent to Asia and the Middle East.
Frozen vegetable exports increased by 5% to $23 million in 2013-14, rebounding from last year’s lowest level for over a decade. New Zealand dominates this segment accounting for 58% of the total in 2013-14. Frozen vegetable exports to New Zealand were subdued, falling by 13% to $14 million. Exports to most other countries were small with only Japan and Malaysia taking more than $1 million of frozen vegetable exports.
Processed vegetable exports fell by 15% to $36 million in 2013-14. Japan was the largest destination for processed vegetable exports, accounting for 49% of the total in 2013 14. Processed exports to Japan fell considerably by 20% to $18 million in 2013-14. Similarly, exports to New Zealand also fell by 19% to $6.7 million in 2013-14. Another standout was the increase in processed vegetable exports to China by 119% to $2 million in 2013-14. Processed vegetable exports of over $1 million occurred to six countries in 2012-13.
Other vegetable exports rose by 15 per cent to $37 million in 2013-14. Exports to Netherlands, Japan and France were the largest and in total accounted for 63% of the segment. In 2012-13 other vegetable exports to Netherlands increased by 13% to $10 million and France by 104% to $7 million.
In summary, exports have remained relatively stable in recent years, with slight sign of improvements in 2013-14. Important features of the main export destinations over this time include the importance of Japan and Singapore, the growth in exports to Asia and the Middle East, and the decline in exports to New Zealand.
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