Why Australian Exporters Need to Invest More in Product Strapping

Fruits and vegetablesAccording to X-Pak, poly-woven strapping and other cargo-securing products will be more necessary for Australian fruit exporters, as the country expands its overseas destinations for shipments.

For instance, the government recently struck a trade deal with Japan for the export of Hass avocados. A report also showed that there is a potential to add six tropical fruits into the current mix of exported products.

New Trade Deal

The export agreement with Japan includes a condition for local exporters that have no problems with the Queensland fruit fly, according to Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud. These companies would not be required to treat their avocados before shipping them to Japan.

Avocado growers in Western Australia would particularly benefit from the trade deal. About 21 per cent of farms nationwide are in the state. The value of export shipments of avocados would also increase due to growing demand from other countries, including Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.

The growth momentum may be sustainable if they successfully add six tropical fruit products to the roster of exported produce.

Tropical Shipments

Bananas, limes, lychees, papaya, passion fruit and persimmons comprise the six tropical fruits that can spur new opportunities for the export market, according to the Australian Tropical Fruit Export Strategies 2023 report.

This would be contingent on companies’ storage and handling of perishable items, especially for papayas due to the highly perishable state. Efficient strapping solutions could be a solution for this, whether or not products are prone to spoilage.

On the other hand, businesses could market bananas as a high-end export thanks to Australia’s best practices on sustainable production, which then provides a unique colour and taste.

Export shipments need to be secure to prevent damaged products. This also helps the country in maintaining its reputation as an excellent source of fresh produce.