Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Spirits Industry Lobbies for Free Trade


Spirits Industry Lobbies for Free Trade

New Zealand is part of an international alliance to eliminate tariffs on distilled spirits.

Thomas Chin, Chief Executive of the Distilled Spirits Association of New Zealand, returned last week (8-11 July) from a series of meetings held in Geneva as part of the World Spirits Alliance (WSA) forum.

The WSA represents the national spirits trade associations of Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, the US and NZ.

The forum drew together trade associations and leading brand principals* from around the world to discuss common issues and to bolster the position of distilled spirits in the World Trade Organisation free trade negotiations.

"It was important for the Association to have a voice in these meetings as a key matter concerning us relates to trade negotiations on market access for agriculture, which includes distilled spirits," says Thomas Chin.

New Zealand spirits exporters wanted to see elimination of tariffs and non-tariff barriers, liberalisation of restrictions on services, including advertising and simplified customs rules. Also high on the agenda was elimination of excessive regulation and clarification of the geographical indications and trademarks associated with spirits.

The Association believes accelerated trade liberalisation is essential for the industry to achieve its maximum potential. Along with the WSA, the Association was aiming to build governmental support of its cause.

"It was extremely beneficial to attend these meetings and I feel that some great progress was made, in particular, forging stronger links with other Associations in a similar position to us," says Thomas Chin.

The New Zealand industry has a domestic market estimated to be worth around $600m per annum, directly employing some 250 employees. Last year exports were at a record $62million.

Another key focus of the Geneva meeting was discussions with the New Zealand Ambassador concerning the worrying nature, conduct and direction of the World Health Organisation's management of alcohol consumption and advertising issues.

Separately, the independent Advertising Standards Authority 5 yearly Liquor Advertising Review, chaired by Sir Michael Hardie-Boyes, is due to report its findings on the future of New Zealand liquor advertising early next month.

ENDS

*Allied Domceq, Bacardi Martini, Brown Forman, Diageo, Jim Beam and Pernod-Ricard

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Onetai Station: Overseas Investment Office Puts Ceol & Muir On Notice

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has issued a formal warning to Ceol & Muir and its owners, Argentinian brothers Rafael and Federico Grozovsky, for failing to provide complete and accurate information when they applied to buy Onetai Station in 2013. More>>

ALSO:

Tomorrow, The UN: Feds President Takes Reins At World Farming Body

Federated Farmers president Dr William Rolleston has been appointed acting president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) at a meeting in Geneva overnight. More>>

ALSO:

I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>

ALSO:

Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>

Earlier:

Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>

ALSO:

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news