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Could Be A Bright Spot On Horizon For Those Affected By Port Slow Down

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 YAKIMA, WA.- Local farms ship their produce all over the world, but the port slow down in Seattle and Tacoma has given many a financial headache. However there could be a bright spot on the horizon for local growers. 

It's taken almost 20 years, but this past weekend china granted the U.S. access to import all varieties of apples. Before this China only allowed red and golden delicious apples. Those types of apples only make up less than 40% of the state's overall volume.

More shipping access is a welcome relief to local growers, John Thompson owner of Thompson's Fruit Farm in Naches told KNDO he's excited about what this deal will do for the community.  

“If they want our apples I think the us should get over there and get a part of that dollar. I want that dollar, it's a trickle down effect, the more apples we can sell keeps the price up, and the price stays up, and that's more money in my pocket.”

The Northwest Horticultural Council in Yakima told us the slowdown has had an estimated 70 million dollar impact across the state.  

The deal isn't finalized yet but the U.S. hopes to have an agreement within the next few weeks.  

The port slow down is still taking a toll on shipment, but many are viewing the expanded apple import process to China as a long-term solution that will eventually help this area recover financially from the port slow down.
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