Posts tagged "World Trade Organisation"

NZ agriculture groups urge WTO rescue at global forums

[23 January/Radio NZ] Seven major agricultural organisations are urging the government to use forums like the World Economic Forum meeting of global government and business leaders in Davos to try to rescue the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern used the WEF meeting to speak about issues like climate change and New Zealand’s...

NZ dairy group joins fight to try and save WTO

[30 November/Radio NZ] The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand was joined with other peak dairy organisations across the world to launched an unprecedented campaign to try and save the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The move is in response to steps taken by the Trump administration to block the appointment of new judges to the...

NZ meat trade to Europe and UK faces potential logjam

[25 October/Stuff] Due to the UK exiting the EU, New Zealand’s lamb exports to the UK could get caught up in border confusion as new rules are implemented. New Zealand’s red meat sector Brexit representative, Jeff Grant, said the uncertainty over what sort of a deal the UK negotiates threatened the smooth flow of trade...

Meat industry objects to post-Brexit quota split as ‘inflexible’

[27 July/NBR] Signs of trouble for New Zealand in negotiating post-Brexit free-trade agreements with the UK and EU are emerging with proposals to split meat import quotas. The UK and EU have proposed a fifty-fifty split of the World Trade Organisation approved tariff free quota. The NZ Meat Association said it would effectively lock in...

NZ softwood log exports hit new record, raising ire of processors

[12 January/National Business Review] Data from Statistics New Zealand shows that New Zealand log exports hit a new record last year, with softwood log exports amounting to $2.41 billion in the 11 months to November 2017, higher than previously recorded for any full calendar year.  The figures are a concern to local manufacturers how have...

New Zealand frozen beef exports to Japan slump after tariff hike

[17 October/ New Zealand Herald] AgriHQ have said New Zealand frozen beef exports to Japan have dropped since the Japan lifted tariff rates. From August 1, Japan increased its frozen beef tariff to 50 percent from 38.5 percent under a World Trade Organisation safeguard after high sales of imported beef. AgriHQ said only 729 tonnes...

NZ wins beef trade dispute

[Red Meat /Radio New Zealand Business] New Zealand and the USA have won a trade dispute with Indonesia at the World Trade Organisation.  The action was taken following Indonesia’s imposition of restrictions on importing food and animal products, including beef and poultry.  The WTO found that all 18 of Jakarta’s measures were prohibited under the...

Tasmanian growers undercut New Zealand with export subsidy

[21 March/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The horticultural industry has complained about freight subsidies for Tasmanian exporters given that they allow exporters from the Australian state to undercut New Zealand exporters in overseas markets. New Zealand onion exporters had to spend an additional $60 per tonne on shipping to Europe, while cherry exporters saw a...

Export deal will boost dairy prices, Fonterra says

 [20 December/ NZ Herald] Fonterra said the World Trade Organisation’s Nairobi package, which will eliminate the ability of WTO members to subsidise their agricultural exports, will be a watershed moment for world trade and will help to boost dairy prices. Trade Minister, Todd McClay said the agreement will directly benefit New Zealand agricultural exporters who...

WTO: India unfairly blocking US poultry, egg imports [5 June/ NZ Herald]

The World Trade Organization has ruled that India is unfairly blocking imports of American poultry and eggs, after it imposed trade barriers in 2007 to prevent avian influenza from entering the country. The organisation held that the barriers were too restrictive and not based on international scientific standards. It is estimated that American exports of...

Indonesia could offset China [25 May/ NZ Farmers Weekly]

Agricultural Trade Envoy, Mike Petersen doubted that Indonesia could continue to block the imports of meat and horticultural products for much longer. Meat and horticultural imports have been restricted by Indonesia presidents to encourage self-sufficiency in food productions, but the effect of the restrictions have caused prices to skyrocket and farmers to cash in and...

Meat country of origin labels rejected by WTO [19 May/ NZ Herald]

The World Trade Organization has rejected a final appeal from the United States, deciding that the United States’ country of origin labels place a disadvantage on meat from both Canada and Mexico. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack said congress has to fix the problem by either repealing or modifying country of origin labels. The United States...

U.S and New Zealand take farm trade row to WTO

[19 March/ Agence France Presse] The United States and New Zealand have taken farm disputes with Indonesia to the World Trade Organisation. United States Trade Representative, Michael Froman said Indonesia’s wide-ranging import restrictions are unfair to farmers, and that the world’s fourth largest country is acting inconsistently with its World Trade Organisation obligations. United States...

Decree casts doubt on beef sales

[19 January/ NZ Farmers Weekly] The Indonesian Government blocked large amounts of beef imports in an attempt to stimulate increased local production. The Indonesian President, Joko Widodo granted import permits for a narrow range of prime beef cuts for the first three months of 2015, but has issued no permits for secondary cuts and offal....

India, U.S. Research Agreement on food stockpiling, clearing way for WTO deal

[13 November/ Dow Jones Newswire Chinese] Indian Commerce Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman said that as the United States has agreed to give it more freedom to subsidise and stockpile food, allowing India to ratify an important World Trade Organization agreement aimed at facilitating trade. Ms Sitharaman said that the World Trade Organization General Council will examine...

Beef exports to Indonesia double after quota restricts removed

[9 October/ The National Business Review] The Meat Industry Association of New Zealand’s 2014 annual report stated that the volume of beef exports to Indonesia increased to 15,384 tonnes in the year ended June 30, 2014, from 6,516 tonnes the previous year, with the value of exports increasing from $34 million to $76 million, on...

Country-of-origin law rejected – report

[25 August/ Radio New Zealand Rural] New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Mexico are supporting the World Trade Organisation disputes panel’s finding against the US over a country of origin meat labelling law requiring more information on labels about the origins of beef, pork and other meats, on the basis that the law is a potential...

EU files WTO complaint over Russian pork embargo

[28 June/ Agence France-Presse] The European Union filed a formal complaint against Russia at the World Trade Organisation over Moscow’s embargo on pork from the bloc, saying the ban is disproportionate and discriminatory. Russia banned imports of live pigs and pork from the European Union in January 2014 after the discovery of two cases of...

NZ renews efforts to restore beef, farm commodity volumes in Indonesia with WTO complaint

[14 May/ The National Business Review] New Zealand, along with the US has for the second time made a complaint to the World Trade Organisation about what New Zealand calls “unjustified and trade-restrictive” licensing requirements on imports, “unreasonable and discriminatory” pre-shipment rules and insufficient published details as to how the restrictions work. Indonesia is New...