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Plain Packaging Threatens Trade

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19 February 2013

Plain Packaging Threatens Trade

British American Tobacco New Zealand (BATNZ) remains opposed to the Government introducing plain packaging in New Zealand.

The Government said today it will begin the process of introducing plain packaging immediately but implementation will be delayed until the WTO dispute facing the Australian government is decided.

“Australia is involved in an on-going WTO dispute as well as an international investment challenge in relation to international trade rules and intellectual property rights,” says Steve Rush, BATNZ General Manager.

“The Government has acknowledged the importance of New Zealand's international trade agreements and has been pragmatic in deferring a final decision until all the international trade and legal issues have been resolved.”

“While we can’t rule out legal action at this stage, we can say that we will fully participate in the legislative process,” says Mr Rush.


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