Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Confirmation of Chile tariffs disappointing


Agriculture and Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton today expressed his disappointment at Chile's decision to impose a definitive safeguard measure of 12% on imports of liquid UHT and powdered milk.

"This decision, while not entirely unexpected, is an unwelcome start to the New Year. It threatens an important market for New Zealand dairy exports."

The new duty replaces a provisional measure of 16% imposed in July last year while Chile conducted an investigation into the effect of milk imports on their domestic dairy industry. The 12% increase will be in place for one year, and will take the total tariff on New Zealand milk exports to Chile to 21%.

Mr Sutton said it was "frankly disappointing" that Chile, a fellow Cairns Group member advocating freer trade in agricultural goods, had decided to take this action. Imposing additional penalties on unsubsidised New Zealand exporters would not provide lasting help to Chilean farmers, he said.

"I am not satisfied that Chile has demonstrated that increased milk imports have caused harm to the domestic industry. The problems in the Chilean dairy sector seem to have been caused by other factors such as the Chilean dairy industry's structure and the recession in Chile in 1999.

"New Zealand will, along with other affected countries, be evaluating our options for taking this matter further."

New Zealand's exports to Chile in the year to June 2000 totalled $NZ58m, of which milk products made up $NZ12.6m. Exports of other dairy products totalled another $NZ20m.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election