Apple growers worried about continuing trade disputes

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Washington State apple growers are concerned about continuing trade barriers that threaten overseas fruit exports.

Overseas trade accounts for 30 percent of the state’s apple production.

This year could be a challenge, given the current trade environment and competition, said Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover.

“We have several challenges,” Fryhover said. “We’re still faced with a 20 percent duty in India. We’re faced with a 50 percent duty in China.”

He said any trade agreement with China has yet to be ratified, and thus, the duties remain in place.

So, hopes aren’t high for a quick resolution.

 “I think the attitude is a little bit subdued,” he said.

Mexico is the top export market for Washington Apples with over 12.3 million boxes of fruit shipped between 2013 and 2016.

Canada came in second with 6.3 million boxes.

For China, it was 2.2 million boxes during that time. 

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.