California Hass Avocados Included in U.S. – China Phase One Agreement
On January 15, 2020, an Economic and Trade Agreement between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China was finalized. Within the Horticultural Products agreement, one of the four Key Achievements is China’s commitment to “Sign and implement a phytosanitary protocol to allow the importation of California Hass avocados into China.”
The California Avocado Commission has maintained pressure on the U.S. administration to ensure California Hass avocados remain a top priority in the China Phase One agreement. "While there are no guarantees, the inclusion of California Hass avocados in the agreement is a very positive sign that China market access may soon occur," said Tom Bellamore, Commission president. "Hass avocado consumption in China has continued to show tremendous growth and may provide a valuable market option for California avocado growers in the future," he said.
We will continue to work with the administration to finalize the California Hass avocado trade protocol with China and secure market access. One of the necessary final steps would be the registration/certification of California packing facilities interested in exporting to China, and the Commission is working with interested packers now. The Commission initiated the process to gain China market access in 2005. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.