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


WTO decision “Great News” for NZ Pipfruit Industry

WTO decision “Great News” for New Zealand Pipfruit Industry

Today’s World Trade Organisation decision is great news for New Zealand apple growers.

The WTO appellate body today rejected Japan's appeal of a decision that its quarantine restrictions on apples were inconsistent with WTO requirements. The dispute was brought by the United States and supported by New Zealand.

Pipfruit New Zealand Growers chairman Phil Alison says the WTO decision provides independent support from the highest possible body that mature apples are not a vector of fireblight.

“This is the result we were looking for and it is an extremely positive further step towards a final outcome for New Zealand in regard to our application for access to Australia and for future improvements to our protocol for export to Japan. “The decision is important for New Zealand's access to Australia and we would expect it to enable Australia to quickly move to the release of a revised risk assessment for New Zealand to export to Australia,” Mr Alison said.

PGNZI has worked closely with Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in reaching this WTO decision. The Government’s commitment to the WTO case has been excellent, says Mr Alison.

New Zealand participated as a third party in the WTO proceedings and made substantial submissions to the Panel including key scientific evidence.

“The decision has significant potential economic benefit for New Zealand and its pipfruit industry”

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


"Broad-Based Growth": GDP Rises 1 Percent In June Quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 1.0 percent in the June 2018 quarter, up from 0.5 percent last quarter, Stats NZ said today. This is the largest quarterly rise in two years. More>>


Judicial Review: China Steel Tarrif Rethink Ordered

On 5 July 2017 the Minister determined not to impose duties on Chinese galvanised steel coil imports. NZ Steel applied for judicial review of the Minister’s decision. More>>

Debt: NZ Banks Accelerate Lending In June Quarter

New Zealand's nine major lenders boosted lending at the fastest quarterly pace in almost two years as fears over bad debts subsided. More>>


Balance Of Trade: Annual Current Account Deficit Widens To $9.5 Billion

New Zealand’s current account deficit for the year ended June 2018 widened to $9.5 billion, 3.3 percent of GDP, Stats NZ said today. More>>