Beef Producers Stand Firm on TPP Demands26 May 2014
GLOBAL – All tariffs must be eliminated on beef, all member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have announced.
All members of the Five Nations Beef Alliance from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US have urged TPP negotiators to commit to securing a non-disciminatory, comprehensive outcome.
Concerns have surfaced that TPP members have not been able to craft a tariff-eliminating deal for beef, and unless all parties step up to the plate and reaffirm their commitment to a trade liberalizing outcome, countries could begin to drift away from the goal of achieving a 21st century agreement.
Five Nations Beef Alliance producers expect an accord which addresses commercial impediments rather than assigning them to the 'too hard basket'. Above all, a TPP agreement must make it easier to do business - it must facilitate and enhance trade.
The alliance also calls for each TPP member country to provide the same market access arrangements to all other members, to ensure it does not create competitive disadvantages that distort trade.
This in turn will set clear parameters around the obligations required by future TPP aspirants.
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