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

 


More Boysenberries To Be Sold To Europe

14 January 2002

The European Union this month removed the tariff on imports of New Zealand frozen boysenberries, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today.

The quota of 1500 tonnes, during the period 1 January 2002 to 30 June 2002, remains the same.

Mr Sutton said that New Zealand officials had been pressing the European Union for a reduction of the tariff on imports of New Zealand blockfrozen boysenberries for the past six months.

"New Zealand has an autonomous tariff quota allowing 1500 tonnes of blockfrozen boysenberries to be imported into the European Union. However, the tariff rate of 12% meant that we could not compete against rival berry products entering Europe duty free.

"Our trade in boysenberries - which are used in the European manufacturing industry for jams, preserves, ice cream, yoghurt, and beverages - was stagnating."

Mr Sutton said a co-ordinated lobbying campaign in Europe by industry representatives and agriculture and trade officials achieved the tariff reduction.

"We now have our sights set on persuading European authorities to also lift the tonnage restriction on boysenberries so the fruit can enter Europe duty free and in unlimited volumes. It's possible such a change could happen from July this year."

Mr Sutton said that although the value of the exports was not large, the zero tariff now meant New Zealand exporters could compete on an equal footing.

"With continued strong demand for boysenberries from European importers, we expect quantities, and thus returns to growers, to increase considerably as a result of this successful campaign."

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news