26 août 2013

MEDIA RELEASE: Canegrowers Australia

Sugar could prove just the sweetener the latest trade negotiations need to unlock the current export market access impasse.
 
At round 19 of Trans-Pacific Partnership  (TPP) negotiations being held in Brunei this week, United States negotiators will find they are unlikely to be able to achieve their own objectives of improving access to other markets for dairy and other agricultural industries, if they are unwilling to show leadership on market access for sugar.
 
The Australian sugar industry is part of the National Farmers’ Federation led Australian agricultural delegation attending the Brunei meetings, the first to include Japan as a full negotiating partner.
 
CANEGROWERS message is clear. “A TPP agreement must include commercially worthwhile new market access opportunities for sugar, with annual increases thereafter, until open access is achieved,” specifies CANEGROWERS Acting CEO Ron Mullins.
 
Like other Australian agricultural industries, the sugar industry has said it will not support a TPP outcome that doesn’t include commercially meaningful market access gains for all agricultural products.  
 
“There is no place for tariffs, quotas or other trade restrictions for any production in a 21st century trade agreement,” says Mullins. “This means there can be no carve outs or exclusions of any agricultural products.”
 
80% of Australian sugar is exported. Australian sugarcane farmers are the only sugarcane producers in the world who don’t operate with subsidies or price supports.
 
“For too long, sugar has been left out of key trade agreements,” says Mullins. “Growers can’t sell their sugar if they don’t have access to international markets.”
 
He says access to export markets is a critical issue for the Australian sugarcane industry, and that CANEGROWERS has made trade one of its five key platforms coming up to the 7 September election.  CANEGROWERS has called on the incoming government to prioritise completing the Australia – Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 2013 and complete the Australia – Japan FTA and Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation by 2014.
 
Media comment:         Ron Mullins  |  CANEGROWERS Acting CEO  |  0417 790 156
More information:      Suzi Moore  |  CANEGROWERS Communications  |  0427 641 239
 
COMMENTAIRE de l'Institut canadien du sucre :
Pour ce qui est du PTP, l’industrie canadienne du sucre favorise des résultats tangibles permettant d’éviter l’exclusion des produits. Plusieurs autres ententes de libre-échange ont des clauses de protection des denrées agricoles « sensibles » comme le sucre. La libéralisation du commerce en vertu du PTP doit améliorer les possibilités d’exportation canadienne de sucre raffiné et de produits contenant du sucre et éviter les règles d’origine qui empêcheraient l’accès des produits canadiens à d’autres marchés. L’industrie canadienne et australienne du sucre travaillent en collaboration avec d’autres organismes partageant la même opinion dans la « Global Alliance for Sugar Trade Reform and Liberalisation » afin de favoriser la libéralisation du marché du sucre au niveau mondial.