The red meat sector is hearing reports of a poor quality agricultural access offer from the European Union to New Zealand. An end of June deadline to conclude an Agreement in Principle is also a worry. European Trade Ministers are due to meet this week to consider the revised offer to New Zealand. However, the Kiwi red meat sector is concerned that the EU’s ambitious rhetoric is not being matched in the agreement. Meat Industry Association chief executive Sirma Karapeeva if the reports are true New Zealand red meat exporters will continue to face an unlevel playing field in the EU. New Zealand’s current beef market access to the EU is constrained by a tariff-rate quota of 846 tonnes. Exports outside of this quota face tariffs of 12.8 per cent of the value in addition to up to €311.8 per 100kg which effectively can add up to a 50 per cent tariff.
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