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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2014
SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2014 21 Current economic trade barriers impacting Australian sheepmeat exports include: Economic Regulations Measures that affect market entry, competition, pricing. Examples: tariffs, quotas, domestic content requirements. Social / Technical Regulations Measures that purport to protect the public interest such as safety, health, environment Examples: food safety measures, quality standards. Administrative Regulations Paperwork and other administrative formalities ('red tape'). Examples: customs classifications, clearance procedures, licensing. Unfortunately, Australian sheepmeat exports are impacted to varying degrees by components in each of these regulatory pillars - depending on the market. Current economic trade barriers impacting Australian sheepmeat exports include: Market Tarrif / quota China 12-15% European Union 19,186t quota. Above quota tariff 12.8% + 3 Euros/kg Gulf Cooperation Council 0-5% India 30% Korea 22.5% (to be eliminated under KAFTA) Mexico 10% Papua New Guinea 11% Russia 15% South Africa 40% or 2 Rand/kg Taiwan 15% Accompanying the above are a range of technical trade barriers (TBTs) across numerous markets including a persistent lack of import permits; protracted processing establishment listing processes and shelf-life restrictions. Together, these TBTs have been estimated to have a negative impact value of around $550 million per annum. Our vision is to secure unimpeded market access for Australian sheepmeat -- that is, to allow the market to operate according to supply and demand parameters without the influence of trade restrictive and hence costly regulatory forces. In pursuit of freer trade, SCA works via an industry & Government partnership to ensure that access is not eroded through administrative, regulatory or policy impositions; and to secure a more favourable export market environment through strategic trade reform initiatives. Ultimately we are seeking the opportunity to service multiple markets and thereby extract the maximum value for producers and processors alike. For 2014/15 SCA's market access reform focus, on behalf of our members, will be to ensure that sheepmeat is a recipient of advantageous outcomes from the suite of free trade agreements (FTAs) currently under negotiation including the: • Australia-China FTA; • Australia-Gulf Co-operation Council FTA; • Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations; • Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement; • Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement; and • the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Key attention will be on the Australia-China FTA where Australian sheepmeat exports are currently at a competitive disadvantage, due to the tariff preferences afforded to New Zealand under the NZ-China FTA effective October 2008. By 2016, New Zealand sheepmeat will enter China duty free, compared to the 12-23% tariffs currently levied on equivalent Australian products. SCA will also be working closely with industry partners and government to help, where feasible, on alleviating the impost of technical trade barriers. MAINTAINING AND IMPROVING MARKET ACCESS -- OUR KEY PRIORITY "It is important that we continue to invest in market access and the animal health, welfare, and food safety systems that support our trade" Ian McColl -- SCA President
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