New Zealand beef producers are among an international alliance to have signed a letter announcing support for a comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
“Beef + Lamb NZ is delighted to be a signatory to this Five Nations Beef Alliance Joint Communique that outlines core principles to ensure the TPP negotiations fulfill the promise of a high quality agreement that can serve as a standard for future generations,” explained Mike Petersen, chairman of B+LNZ.
“The TPP needs to be an ambitious, high quality, comprehensive agreement, with no product or sector exclusions, address non-tariff barriers and be enforceable. The more we can work together with our international counterpart organisations on these trade issues, the more likely it is to result in a win-win for all.”
The agreement is based on 10 core principles, ensuring any agreement must be comprehensive and must eliminate all tariffs and market access barriers while emphasising the importance of unfettered trade. It also relies on risk-based scientific decision making, based on international science standards.
The Five Nations Beef Alliance is also asking the negotiating countries to push for arrangements where beef producers are all treated the same.
The Five Nations Beef Alliance comprises B+LNZ, the Cattle Council of Australia, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas 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.