The World Trade Organisation has ruled against Australia’s ban on the import of our apples.
It is not quite the end of the process, because Australia can appeal.
But any appeal would be limited to looking at the legal consistency of the decision, not relitigating the whole case.
An appeal could take about eight months, but Australia might not appeal at all.
Given there’s an election looming across the Tasman and both major parties will be courting votes in marginal seats it is likely there will be an appeal.
But the WTO decision is decisive so it’s probable this will only delay the inevitable decision which will let Australian consumers enjoy our apples, including some varieties which aren’t grown there.