Mon, 03 Feb 2014
NEW ZEALAND - The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) must include total elimination of tariffs on agricultural and seafood products, according to leading New Zealand food producers.
A coalition of 18 New Zealand agricultural and food organisations, led by Beef + Lamb New Zealand and Fonterra Cooperative Group, has written to the Ministers of Trade and Primary Industries outlining its concern that some TPP members are seeking to avoid tariff elimination on some products.
The letter sets out to Ministers Tim Groser and Nathan Guy that the coalition will not support a TPP agreement that does not include comprehensive liberalisation in the agricultural and seafood sectors by all participating countries.
The group says it is vital that the agreement provides comprehensive tariff elimination as set out in the objectives of the 2011 TPP Leaders meeting in Honolulu. The group is concerned that:
A Ministerial meeting to discuss TPP issues is expected to be held in late February 2014.