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Australia targets non-tariff measures in bid to secure FTA grain trade
A range of non-tariff measures (NTM) that can prevent the FTA functioning as imagined, Grain Trade Australia’s CEO says.
Chicken Kiev baron beats Brussels
Yuriy Kosyuk has found a cunning and completely legal way to bypass tough EU import restrictions.
Tough talk over medicine and cheese as Australia and Europe seek a $37b trade deal
Trade Minister Steven Ciobo has promised to take a hard line with Europe on the question of cheap medicines and his counterpart Cecilia Malmström foresees “difficult” negotiations over Australian producers using European names such as "parmesan".
Red meat quotas a likely sticking point when NZ-EU FTA talks get underway
Agricultural exports into Europe look set to be a hurdle facing New Zealand diplomats when negotiations for free trade agreements with the European Union and Great Britain get started.
Activists sound alarm over trade deal
Groups say agreement will harm Thai agriculture and health, warn decision should be left to incoming elected government.
Singapore, Kenya ink two pacts to boost investment flows
Singapore and Kenya signed two agreements yesterday, a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and an Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (DTA), to promote greater investment flows.
Tokyo approves bill in next step toward enactment of new Trans-Pacific Partnership
Japan’s bicameral legislature, The Diet has approved a bill on to ratify the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Mercosur: Don’t sacrifice our food standards and tropical forests for trade
The trade agreement currently being negotiated by the EU and Mercosur will increase deforestation and accelerate the demise of European farmers by subjecting them to unfair competition.
Beef lobby ramps up pressure on Mercosur
The Irish government will not block any future trade deal between the EU and Mercosur, despite intense lobbying by the farm organisations and meat processors.
Australia’s ’hormone beef’ not to Brexit Britain’s taste: report
One of Australia’s supposed key demands for a free trade deal with the UK – their agreeing to buy our hormone-treated beef – is “almost impossible” for the UK to agree to, according to a new report by an anti-Brexit think tank.
EU and Mercosur aim to settle GI protection in renewed trade talks
The EU and the Mercosur countries have started a fresh round of trade discussions in which both parties seek to strike an agreement on the key aspects of Geographical Indications and tariff reductions for car exports.
NAFTA has hammered rural communities
NAFTA has hammered rural communities by aiding the consolidation of corporate power over agriculture by restricting choice and threatening our federal, state and local sovereignty over ag policy.
US farmers up in arms over additives ban
US pork producers want Thailand penalised.
Grain and cropping sector welcomes trade negotiations
GrainGrowers urges the Australian Government to negotiate a comprehensive and high-quality trade agreement with the EU that improves market access and facilitates efficient trade.
EU upbeat on Indonesia-EU CEPA deal amid palm oil issue
The European Union believes ongoing debate over palm oil with Indonesia will not hamper the progress of the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EU CEPA).
Trade deals with Australia and New Zealand could cause chaos for Irish agriculture
This week’s confirmation that the European Union (EU) is to commence trade talks with Australia and New Zealand has bad news written all over it from the perspective of Irish agriculture.
What the TPP means for dairy
With the Federal Parliament expected to ratify Australia’s involvement in a new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the end of the year, it is worth having a look at what it means for the dairy industry.
Trade deal with European Union could raise a stink over rights to naming cheese
New Zealand dairy companies could lose the right to use terms such as Feta, Parmesan, Brie and Camembert if a free trade deal goes ahead with the European Union.
Specialty cheesemakers ’worse off’ in EU trade deal
An award-winning cheese producer says a trade deal with the European Union will hurt the specialty cheese industry.
September 10 | International day against WTO and free trade agreements
In memory of farmer Lee and the continuing struggles of peasants in resisting the neo-liberal agenda of WTO, La Via Campesina marks September 10 as the International Day Against WTO and Free Trade Agreements.