Posts tagged "World Trade Organisation"

EU chief talks up free trade deal

[27 February/Rural News Group] Phil Hogan, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development is optimistic that a quality free trade agreement (FTA) will be set up with New Zealand before the end of the year. Mr Hogan visited New Zealand briefly last week to discuss current FTA negotiations with three more formal rounds scheduled...

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...