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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2012
YEARBOOK2012 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA Market Access Over the past 12 months the Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) has worked closely with MLA and other industry participants to advance Australia's international trade interests. This has involved partnering the Australian Government to improve market access for Australian beef by enhancing product integrity, pursuing a reduction in trade barriers and tackling the growing number of technical barriers to trade. With the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round negotiations currently at an impasse, the trade reform focus was via actively seeking gains through bilateral and regional trade agreements. With the Korea-United States FTA coming into force in March 2012 this will reduce the 40% tariff on US beef down to zero over the next 15 years, the imperative for securing an Australia--Korea FTA (AKFTA) became critical in order to maintain a competitive market position for Australian product. Cattle Council of Australia was directly involved in assisting government in pursuit of an AKFTA with the objective of elimination the 40% import tariff on Australian beef. Cattle Council of Australia also maintained direct liaison with the Korean Hanwoo Beef Association as the FTA negotiations progressed. In Japan, FTA advocacy was undertaken by Meat & Livestock Australia with a focus on working with Australian Government trade negotiators to promote improved market access for beef as an essential deliverable of the Australia- Japan FTA. Meat & Livestock Australia continued to work with stakeholders in Japan as well as various departments and ministries within the Japanese government, in extolling the benefits of trade liberalisation. In addition to these priority FTAs, trade negotiations were also progressed with the 11 member Trans-Pacific Partnership (comprising Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam). Cattle Council of Australia reinforced industry priorities with our trade negotiators with the potential "21st Century" agreement seeking to eliminate all tariffs and other barriers to trade. Two market access improvements during the year included the signing of the Malaysia-Australia FTA, an important development in the fast-growing South East Asian region, and Russia's accession to the WTO which provided Australia with guaranteed access to a shared pool of up to 407,000 tonnes of frozen beef and 11,000 tonnes of chilled beef per annum, whilst exempting high quality beef from these quantitative restrictions. On the technical front, Meat & Livestock Australia commissioned research into identifying, quantifying and subsequently prioritising the plethora of technical barriers to trade. This effort is designed to provide a framework for developing action plans to improve trade flows. Meat & Livestock Australia's food safety R&D work focussed on demonstrating our compliance with increasingly higher food safety expectations -- in particular addressing the increased testing imposed by the United States regarding E. coli. In 2012-13, Meat & Livestock Australia will build on this effort by working with industry and assisting government to alleviate the impact of technical imposts by providing the required science and technology input. ANDREW McCALLUM Manager International Markets & Trade Services MLA Is it time for new Stockyards? ProWay can ofer you an integrated design, planning, budgeting, manufacture and site installaton service for your livestock handling facilities. 4 Custom design service 4 Full construction service available 4 OH & S conscious designs 4 Catleyards For an information package or to organise a custom design Phone 1300 655 383 www.proway.com.au