10 Feb 2014

Beef, Lamb join alliance

3:39 pm on 10 February 2014

Beef and Lamb New Zealand is part of an alliance of four major export countries demanding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement not be watered down.

Beef industry representatives from Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand are advocating that the TPP must deliver on the original 2011 goal of elimating tariffs and other barriers to trade.

They are concerned at the possibility some countries could seek to exclude some so-called sensitive products from comphrehensive, duty-free access and say granting a TPP member any such exclusion would result in others seeking similar treatment. That, in turn, would restrict economic growth.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand trade policy manager Tracey Paterson said each country in the alliance had made its position clear.

The alliance was calling for each TPP member to provide equal market access to all other members, she said.