Beef producers from four Trans-Pacific Partnership member countries have again demanded that any TPP agreement be a high quality deal that eliminates all tariffs on beef.
Members of the Five Nations Beef Alliance from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, urge all participants involved in the TPP negotiations to re-commit to securing a comprehensive, non-discriminatory outcome – one which eliminates tariffs and importantly addresses behind the border trade barriers.
The alliance is concerned 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 liberalising 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.
Despite the inherent challenges, TPP members must ensure any agreement delivers the open trading environment originally envisaged.
In so doing, the TPP will be widely viewed by commercial entities as a worthwhile initiative.
The Five Nations Beef Alliance comprises the Cattle Council of Australia, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Confederacion Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Together, the alliance represents producers from countries that account for one-third of global beef production and approximately half of global beef exports.
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