Bid to cut red tape on exports
Simon Birmingham will launch an investigation into how Australia’s trading partners are inflicting more red tape on our exports so Australia’s trade diplomats can challenge the practice abroad.
Austrade says red tape imposed by other countries is costing exporters more than three times as much as tariffs.
A report by Meat and Livestock Australia and the Australian Meat Industry Council found last year that red meat exporters faced a major increase in red tape.
The report found these “nontariff barriers” had increased from 136 to 245 — costing the industry $3.4 billion per year.
“These types of practices shouldn’t be underestimated. They have potential to com- pletely wipe out the ability of Australian exporters to operate in particular markets due to cost implications or their impact on the quality of produce,” the Trade Minister said.
“Whilst many of these requirements are legitimate, we’re seeing a shift towards how regulations and red tape are being manipulated and used as a deliberate tool to distort trade flows and protect domestic industries.”
Austrade will talk to exporters and feed their information back to 22 Australian agricultural trade diplomats overseas.
The move was backed by the National Farmers Federation, the Export Council and the Australian Industry Group.