Philippine official urges Australia to lift import ban on bananasStaff Writer | March 27, 2017
Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III is attempting to get Australia to lift their long-standing ban on Philippine banana imports.
Food trade Long-standing ban
“As a former Minister of Agriculture, I will raise with you the issue of the banana imports. We have been working at that for 20 years, probably.
“And we have not been able to ship to you a single box of bananas,” he told Ms. Bishop, the Finance department said in a statement.
“Japan accepts our bananas, China accepts our bananas, even the Middle East accepts our bananas,” Dominguez added.
As of January, fresh bananas were the Philippine's 15th largest export valued at $41.91 million. ■