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Exporting Apples & Pears to China

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Exporting Apples to the People’s Republic of China

In past years US apple exports to China have been restricted to ‘Red Delicious’ and ‘Golden Delicious’ exclusively. A couple years back, China reportedly intercepted fruit lots originating from Washington State infected with postharvest decay fungi on their quarantine list. This finding led to a halt in further exports until the problem could be addressed and a resolution agreed upon. The result was a supplementary agreement document applying to Washington apples to be exported to China. This agreement allowed 2014 crop-year Reds and Goldens to be shipped. The supplemental agreement contained a requirement for specific orchard sanitation practices and field treatments for the targeted postharvest decay organisms, combined with fungicidal treatments during storage, coupled with fruit sampling. There have been no further reported interceptions since this was enacted.

In the meantime, USDA, Northwest Fruit Exporters (NFE) and the Northwest Horticultural Council (NHC) worked with China to reach a new export agreement to replace the old work plan and supplemental agreement. The new work plan was approved in May 2015 and applies to all US apple varieties, regardless of state of origin, to be implemented beginning with the 2015 apple crop. However, any residual 2014 crop-year apples (Red and Goldens only) must still follow the rules set forth in the 2014 supplemental agreement.

For details about either the 2014 Supplemental Agreement or the new 2015 China work plan and guidelines please contact NFE or USDA. Highlights of the new plan are listed below.

  • All varieties are now allowed into the China market.
  • New grower compliance affidavit letters must be submitted to the packing facilities. (The 2014 letters won’t work.) See resources below.
  • Orchards must be managed for postharvest decay. See resources below.
    Orchards must monitor and treat as needed for codling moth and apple maggot. (Explained in guidelines document.)
  • Fruit must be treated at the packing/storage facility for decay.
    Cold treatment is no longer required unless used as a treatment for apple maggot or other select pests. (Explained in guidelines document.)
  • The 300 fruit sample (treated-cold stored) is no longer required. This has been replaced by a 40 fruit sample taken from packable fruit after sorting and prior to packing. Sampling is performed by trained cull cutters. (The 2014 training doesn’t count.) New training under the new methods is required. See the training calendar for training opportunities.

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Exporting Pears to the People’s Republic of China

The initial market access request for pears was made in 1994. An agreement for access was finalized in September of 2012 to include fresh pear fruit from the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. Export shipments began in 2103.

Pests of Concern:

Codling moth (Cydia pomonella)
Mediterranean fruit fly (Cerratitis capitata) – not in PNW region
Fire blight (Erwinia amylovora)

Post-harvest decay pathgens:
Bull’s eye rot (Neofabraea malicortis), Side rot (Phialophora malorum), Sphaeropsis rot (Sphaeropsis pyriputrescens), and Phacidiopycnis rot (Potebniamyces pyri)
Gymnosporangium rusts – not in Washington
Gymnosporangium clavipes, G. fuscum, and G. globosum

Work Plan Requirements
  • Packing, cold storage and cold treatment facilities must be registered through Northwest Fruit Exporters.
  • Registration information must include the facility’s name, address, and identification number.
  • All orchards must be registered and identified by a grower lot number, with an updated list maintained by the packing facility.
  • Pear orchard management requirements are basically the same as for exporting apple orchards.
  • For detailed work plan information contact Northwest Fruit Exporters, USDA or your state’s Department of Agriculture.

Notes Regarding Other Decay Organisms

Listed below are additional decays found in postharvest apples and pears. Although they are not directly considered quarantine pests, they can cause problems in export shipments. If shipped boxes are found to contain decayed fruit at their destination port the causative organism must be identified. This can lead to the lots being held up. Special care should be taken to ensure clean fruit shipments to prevent hold ups and possible misidentification.

Non-Quarantine Decays

Gray mold (Botrytis cinerea) description
Blue mold (Penicillium spp.) description
Mucor rot (Mucor piriformis) description

Quick Links

Export Contacts:

Northwest Fruit Exporters
105 South 18th Street,
Suite 227, Yakima, WA 98901
Phone: 509-952-3045
Fred Scarlett, Manging Dir.

Northwest Horticultural Council
105 South 18th Street,
Suite 105, Yakima, WA 98901 Phone: 509-453-3193
Fax: 509-457-7615
NHC Website


Davin Potts, Trade Specialist, APHIS PPQ, WA, OR, AK
Cell: 509-607-4021
Office: 509-925-1189
206 W 1st Street
PO Box 216, Ellensburg, WA 98926


Mike Schell, Acting China & Taiwan Apple Coordinator, PPQ Officer, Wenatchee,
Cell: 509-710-1119
Federal Building, PO Box 3085,
301 Yakima St. Rm. 204A,
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Program Support – Yakima
1710 S 24th Ave.,
Yakima, WA 98902
Jodi Godinez, PPQ Technician
Phone: 509-249-7323
Wendy Alguard, Program Support Assist.
Phone: 509-949-5548


Curt ThornburgExp.Cert. Sp..
Phone: 208-373-1600
Fax: 208-378-5794,
9118 W Blackeagle Dr.,
Boise, ID 83709

Brian MarschmanPlt. Hlth. Dir.
9118 W Blackeagle Dr.,
Boise, ID 83709
Phone: 208-373-1600
Fax: 208-378-5794,

Paul Verhagen, Tech.
Phone: 208-373-1600
(also helps covers OR & MT)
(or see Directory )


Melissa MorrisonPlt. Hlth Sp.
Phone: 503-326-2814 x2.25
Fax: 503-326-2969
6135 NE 80th Ave., Ste. A-5, Portland, OR 97218
(or see Directory )


Export Certification Specialists
Directory (Too many to list here.)

For other export contacts see
Export & Quarantine

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