Pending regulations pose export challenge for New York

08/29/2013 11:40:00 AM
David Mitchell

Although growers in Virginia and Pennsylvania weren’t mourning the loss of the European market, they acknowledged that if New York shippers abandon their EU deals, there could be increased competition elsewhere.

John Rice, vice president of Rice Fruit Co., Gardners, Pa., said his company already has experienced decreased demand from Central American markets because importers there have been able to secure cheaper shipping rates from the West Coast.

Jamie Williams, president of Turkey Knob Apples Inc., Timberville, Va., said his company primarily sends its exports to South America and the Caribbean, but he said U.S. apple growers are receiving increased attention from India.

“That seems to be the next destination,” he said.


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