„The European Union is one of the world`s highest quality destinations for U.S. beef and consistent access will benefit not only U.S. producers and exporters, but also European importers and their customers. USMEF thanks the USTR and the USDA for negotiating this agreement and allowing them to support the U.S. industry`s efforts to expand the European customer base for U.S. beef. „The European Parliament`s approval keeps this agreement on track for implementation in early 2020, which is great news for the U.S. beef industry and our customers in Europe,“ said Dan Halstrom, president and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation. The lack of duty-free quota capacity has caused frustration on both sides of the Atlantic and a specific part of the United States will help allow American beef to enter the European market for 52 weeks a year, without delay or interruption. All that remains is for the various EU governments to approve the agreement. The NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) has published, with the support of Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Meat Industry Association, a discussion paper on the potential of a future free trade agreement (FTA) with the United Kingdom (UK), as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union. However, many of Australia`s overseas markets remain subject to an entry barrier.
These barriers to trade are imposed in many forms. Border management measures, including tariffs and quotas, are the most obvious. But non-tariff barriers and technical impostens are also important issues. While Australian exports have benefited greatly from tariff reductions over the past three decades, non-tariff barriers can often prevent the sector from fully realizing these benefits. The United States has agreed to agree on a subsidiary letter that the United States will amend its WTO tariff rate quotas (TRQ) to eliminate Japan`s 200-tonne country allocation and increase Japan`s „other countries or territories“ allocation to 65,005 tonnes. Such measures will allow Japan to compete with other countries for access to „other countries or territories“ allowances. Defending market access and ensuring trade reforms is usually carried out at the government level. The Australian Government is implementing an integrated trade policy programme to create new, more open export markets. To learn more about the Regional Economic Partnership Agreement, see: www.dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/not-yet-in-force/rcep Fortunately, Australian red meat and livestock have access to many export markets through robust integrity systems, a disease-free status without competition and a record of australian industry in partnership with the government in implementing Preferential Trade Reform. In addition, New Zealand`s current access to the BEEF market in the EU is severely limited by a tariff rate quota (TRQ) of 1300 tonnes, with a tariff of 20%.
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