Growcom welcomes the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) recently passed by the Indonesian Parliament.

Growcom CEO David Thomson said the peak body for horticulture in Queensland was pleased the finalised agreement would boost the access of Australian horticulture exports to Indonesian markets after years of negotiation.

“Growcom stands with the National Farmers’ Federation in welcoming this agreement which will strengthen our trade relationship with Indonesia,” he said.

“Trade is critical to the growth of the horticulture industry and this deal opens new doors for Australian growers to share clean, green produce with our neighbours.

“We are especially pleased to see tariffs cut from 25% to 10% for carrot and potato growers in their first years of exporting bulk produce with further cuts applicable for years thereafter.

“As two of the Australian vegetable industry’s key export crops, carrots and potatoes are key to ensuring sustainable and profitable trade between Australia and Indonesia into the future.”

Gayndah and District Fruit Growers secretary Judy Shepherd was also pleased about the tariff reductions for exporting citrus.

“The tariff cuts to mandarins, oranges and lemons will greatly increase the certainty of Australian citrus in Indonesian markets,” she said.

“This is great news for our citrus growers, making it cheaper and easier for them to export their produce and build secure and longlasting relationships with their overseas consumers.”

“We look forward to working with our Indonesian customers to meet the growing demand for citrus across the board.”