31 Oct 2013

NZ joins lobby to US over trade talks

6:48 am on 31 October 2013

New Zealand has joined other beef producing countries in lobbying influential American trade and agriculture officials about getting a comprehensive outcome to the trans-Pacific trade negotiations.

The meetings in Washington follow an agreement among members of the Five Nations Beef Alliance, to take a united approach on trade reforms.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand represents this country in the alliance, which also includes Australia, the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Beef and Lamb chair Mike Petersen says the alliance has focused its lobbying on key officials in the US administration who have the power to influence politicians.

He says they will give advice to the politicians around the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Mr Petersen says when the American farming lobby is part of those talks, clearly the politicians take a lot more notice.