Push on to top­ple trade bar­ri­ers

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

FARM­ERS have wel­comed a new plan to help re­duce un­jus­ti­fied trade re­stric­tions, or non-tar­iff bar­ri­ers, which they say hurt farm ex­ports.

Trade Min­is­ter Si­mon Birm­ing­ham com­mit­ted to ad­dress­ing non-tar­iff bar­ri­ers and work­ing to re­move trade re­stric­tions.

Non-tar­iff bar­ri­ers can be “red tape” or trade rules that re­strict the flow of goods and ser­vices with­out jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, in­clud­ing an­i­mal and plant health re­quire­ments not based on sci­ence and in­con­sis­tently ap­plied pack­ag­ing stan­dards.

Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Fiona Sim­son said a plan to deal with non-tar­iff bar­ri­ers was crit­i­cal.

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