Ac­tion Plan tack­les the trade bar­ri­ers

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - FIRE FEATURE -

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.

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