The first shipments of Australian nectarines to the Chinese market are expected to roll out in early November. John Moore, CEO of Summerfruit Australia, says the industry is expecting to send between 6,000-10,000 tonnes into China this season. The first nectarines will go by air from South Australia, followed by those from the Sunraysia Region, Cobram and the Goulburn Valley. Australian growers have been preparing for this export event over the last five years and have planted fruit varieties to suit the new market. “These varieties have a high brix level and our growers know that the Chinese consumers like the white flesh, sub-acid nectarines. There will also be some yellow flesh nectarines exported, as we know that the locals like these too,” says Moore. Before entering China, the nectarines must go through an In Transit Cold Treatment (ITCT), which keeps the fruit below 3°C for at least 18 days, or be treated with a low-dose methyl bromide procedure.