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Seafood industry welcomes trade policy refresh

Friday 24 March 2017

Prime Minister Bill English launched ‘Trade Agenda 2030’ this morning.

Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive, Tim Pankhurst said export trade was extremely important to the seafood industry, with exports for 2016 sitting at $1.8 billion across a diverse range of products and markets.

“We appreciate the work the government has been doing in securing free trade agreements (FTAs) with our trading partners and the target to have 90 percent of New Zealand exports covered by FTAs by 2030 is worthy.

“We also applaud the recognition by government that, as tariffs reduce through FTAs, other barriers to trade are emerging.

“That there is significant work to be undertaken on non-trade barriers (NTBs) is to be congratulated,” said Pankhurst.

“This cross-agency collaboration and coordination is critically important and the seafood industry looks forward to being actively involved in discussions on NTBs through its membership on the newly-formed Ministerial Advisory Group and through the relevant agencies.

“In an increasingly protectionist world we welcome all efforts to ease barriers to trade, which is so critical for our small nation’s prosperity,” said Pankhurst.

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