Action Plan tackles the trade barriers
THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed a plan by the government to up the ante in tackling non-tariff trade barriers (NTBs) that constrain Australian exports.
NFF President, Fiona Simson, said the NTB Action Plan released by the Government was critical for maintaining and growing international markets.
“With the successful conclusion of preferential trade agreements with some of our key trade partners, and the lowering of tariffs, non-tariff barriers present increasing obstacles to Australia’s farm exports,” Ms Simson said.
From simple administrative mistakes that hold up product on wharves to unexpected changes to regulatory standards and unnecessary biosecurity requirements, NTBs come in many forms.
The NTB Action Plan will ensure a whole-of-government response to bringing down these barriers as quickly as possible.
The plan will make it easier for exporters to report NTBs when they arise, and arm our front-line officials with the information needed to tackle them.