Beef producers urging high quality TPP deal

Beef producers are adamant that any Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) outcome must provide new and substantial market access opportunities.

Representatives from the Five Nations Beef Alliance are in Maryland USA this week pressing the need for substantial trade liberalisation via the proposed TPP agreement.

With the TPP negotiations seeming to be approaching the ‘end game’, discussions over the next few days will be critical given the negotiators are aiming to narrow the outstanding issues prior to a hoped for TPP Ministerial meeting in May.

Alliance members are urging TPP negotiating teams to hold firm and deliver an agreement that will make it easier to do business, establish fair trade rules and reduce costs.

Beef producers are particularly adamant that any TPP outcome must provide new and substantial market access opportunities.

Consumers around the world have a growing appetite for high quality beef products. However, responding to this demand is often stifled by a range of tariff and non-tariff barriers. The TPP offers an opportunity to remove these trade barriers.

However, for this vision to be realised, TPP members must step up to the plate and make genuine commitments to expeditiously liberalise the trade in beef.

Maintaining the status quo is not an option. Beef producers cannot accept this outcome, and neither can the beef supply chain, or our highly valued customer base.

The desire to improve the global trade environment is what brought beef producers from five competing nations together. The TPP has the potential to join 12 nations together – and in so doing provide better access to food supplies for around 800 million people.

Now is the time to secure a game changing, trade enhancing deal.

As US President Obama said in relation to the TPP in a speech to the University of Queensland in Australia last November: “It is our chance to put in place new, high standards for trade” and to “lower barriers, open markets, export goods and create good jobs for our people”.

The Five Nations Beef Alliance concurs.

The Five Nations Beef Alliance is made up of the Cattle Council of Australia, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Confederacion Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas (Mexico), Beef + Lamb New Zealand, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (US).

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