Domex Superfresh Growers has made the first-ever shipment of gala apples from Washington to Shanghai, China.

The shipment, in August, was made possible by China"s announcement earlier this year that it would allow imports of all U.S. apple varieties, according to a news release. Lantao will distributed the apples in China.

Before this year, only U.S.-grown red and golden delicious apples could be shipped to China.

"We are honored and excited to have the opportunity to share our growers" passion for nurturing and delivering safe, nutritious and consistently high quality fruit," Robert Kershaw, Domex"s president, said in the release.

Lantao will distribute Domex galas throughout China. The company has distribution centers in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Herbing, Shenyang and Qingdao.