Labor’s plan to help Australian businesses tackle non-tariff barriers has received another endorsement – this time from the Trade Minister himself.
Non-tariff barriers are anything from product standards to labelling and certification requirements.
In October last year, Labor announced it would establish a cross-agency team with officers from the DFAT, Austrade and the Departments of Industry and Agriculture to help Australian exporters tackle non-tariff barriers to trade.
It has been backed by:
- The National Farmers Federation
- The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- The Export Council of Australia
- The Business Council of Australia
- Red Meat Advisory Council.
The policy is based on a model adopted by the New Zealand Government to tackle non-tariff barriers to trade.
Under Parliamentary questioning yesterday, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo indicated he was considering doing the same thing:
I'm looking very closely at what New Zealand has done in relation to opportunities for an Interdepartmental Committee and I don't want to use IDC loosely but I’m looking at opportunities for coordination between of course both the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Trade and Investment.
- Steve Ciobo, Consideration in Detail, Australian Parliament 18 June 2018
We welcome the Trade Minister’s support for Labor’s plan and we are happy to work with him to implement them.
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