10 Sep 2010

Little progress in trade talks

5:37 am on 10 September 2010

Problems are emerging in trade negotiations that affect billions of dollars of exports.

The Government's talks with South Korea, the United States, and the six countries of the Gulf States are going badly or in danger of stalling completely.

New Zealand's chief negotiator in trade talks that include the US is in Washington for an emergency meeting with his American counterpart.

New Zealand and South Korea are not making progress with access for farm exports despite pledging in July to try to break an impasse.

Trade Minister Tim Groser says New Zealand could walk away from those talks rather than accept a poor deal and set a bad precedent for future deals.

And a deal with the six countries of the Gulf States has stalled after Saudia Arabia refused to sign because New Zealand has refused to resume live sheep exports.