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  • Preview Inquiry into Australia’s trade and investment relationship with the UK (PDF 327.0 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on 10 July, 2017

    The NFF is of the view that a successful bilateral agreement with the UK could provide a significant increase in export value to Australian farmers. Australia is a competitive agricultural exporter, with around two thirds of total production exported. Given Australia’s food and fibre industry’s heavy reliance on international trade, it is critically important that government continue to work with industry to maximise Australia’s trade opportunities under current international trade architecture.

  • Preview Australia’s trading relationship with Indonesia (PDF 204.2 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth on 14 February, 2017

    Indonesia is Australia’s fifth largest export market for the trade of agricultural goods with wheat, live animals and sugar being major Australian exports. The current negotiations of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA CEPA) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) present substantial opportunities to deepen and strengthen Australia’s trading relationship with Indonesia.

    The NFF considers existing red meat and cattle partnerships in the trade with Indonesia as a good model to expand to other agricultural sector. It is important that IA CEPA and RCEP improve transparency in Indonesian import policy procedures for all Australian imports. Australia can do much to build Indonesian capacity in terms of skills and this should also be pursued as a key pathway to address market access issues and improve trading relations between our two nations.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Submission (PDF 110.3 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Treaties on 7 March, 2016

    The NFF's February 2016 Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Inquiry into the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Free Trade Agreement Negotiations between Australia and the EU: Submission (PDF 441.0 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 4 March, 2016

    The NFF March Submission informs a DFAT inquiry into potential opportunities and impacts of a free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union. The EU is Australia’s last major trading partner without comprehensive trade negotiations. Australian agriculture is currently limited in its ability to export produce to the EU because of very low import quotas and high above-quota tariffs.

  • Preview Inquiry into the role of development partnerships in agriculture and agribusiness in promoting prosperity, reducing poverty and enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region: Submissions (PDF 610.0 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on 4 February, 2016

    The NFF Submission into the role of developing partnerships in agriculture and agribusiness to benefit the Indo-Pacific.

  • Preview Senate inquiry into the Customs Amendment (Anti-Dumping Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2015 and the Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 2015: Submission (PDF 210.5 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Economics Legislation Committee on 24 April, 2015

    In its 2015 Submission, the NFF outlines its support for an effective trade remedies regime in Australia. NFF underlines its belief that dumping is a form of predatory pricing, and that the major challenge for Australian governments (with industry) is to improve the accessibility of Australia’s anti-dumping system for industries with legitimate claims against dumped products. The submission goes on to discuss the key guiding principles that the NFF supports in relation to the Bills in question and in relation to anti-dumping measures, including matters such as ensuring Australia’s anti-dumping system is WTO-consistent, and the requirement for government to take on a more cooperative role in working with affected sectors. NFF states that Australian farmers depend on a transparent, efficient and defensible anti-dumping system. They go on to emphasize that Australia’s anti-dumping regime must be transparent and robust and carry with it a high level of integrity.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Trade Agreement between Australia and Korea: Submission (PDF 414.5 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on 10 June, 2014

    The NFF 10 June 2014 Submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee inquiry into the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement. The NFF strongly supports the trade agreement with Korea as announced by the Australian Prime Minister in December 2013. The NFF view is that the agreement will provide millions of dollars in export value to Australian farmers, particularly those in the red meat, grains dairy, sugar, pork and horticulture sectors. However, the NFF does urge the Government to implement the agreement before the end of 2014, ensuring the second year of tariff reductions commence on 1 January, 2015.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Trade Agreement between Australia and Korea: Submission (PDF 407.3 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Treaties on 10 June, 2014

    The NFF's 10 June 2014 Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties inquiry into the Trade Agreement between Australia and Korea outlines the NFF's strong support for the trade agreement, as announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott in December 2013. The NFF view is that the agreement will provide millions of dollars in export value to Australian farmers, particularly to those in the red meat, grains, dairy, sugar, pork, and horticulture sectors. However, the NFF does urge the Government to implement the agreement before the end of 2014, ensuring the second year of tariff reductions commence on 1 January, 2015.

  • Preview Anti-Dumping Review: Submission (PDF 105.9 kb)
    Submitted to Attorney-General’s Department on 14 September, 2012

    The NFF’s 14 September 2012 submission on Australia’s anti-dumping arrangements outlines the need to improve the accessibility of Australia’s anti-dumping system for industries with legitimate claims against dumped products. The NFF is committed to ensuring Australia’s anti-dumping system is WTO consistent, and that industries with legitimate claims against dumped imports have the opportunity to seek remedy through the system.

  • Preview Inquiry into Australia’s overseas representation: Submission (PDF 154.1 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on 8 February, 2012

    The NFF's 8 February 2012 submission to the inquiry highlights the importance of Australia’s overseas representation and urges the Government to provide additional technical capacity through a greater presence of technical specialists in overseas posts in response to a growing need to resolve technical market access issues.

  • Preview Japan and Korea Trade Relations: Submission (PDF 422.4 kb)
    Submitted to Trade Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on 2 August, 2011

    The NFF’s 2 August 2011 submission to the inquiry into Australia's trade and investment relationship with Japan and the Republic of Korea acknowledges that agriculture is complex and is seen as a hurdle in negotiations that has resulted in Australia’s FTA’s with Japan and Korea being difficult to conclude. Yet in the context of increasing global demand for food, it is in the interests of the Japanese and Korean economies and the wider population to increase domestic food choice and security by allowing Australian export markets to function without impediment.

  • Preview Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements: Submission (PDF 489.9 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 1 March, 2010

    The NFF's 1 March 2010 submission to the Productivity Commission highlights multilateral trade reform as the priority trade policy for the NFF. The NFF will continue to drive these agreements on both offensive and defensive grounds.

  • Preview Australia’s Anti-Dumping And Countervailing System: Submission (PDF 284.3 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 20 June, 2009

    The NFF's June 2009 submission to the Productivity Commission Issue Paper outlines the need to improve Australia’s anti-dumping system for industries with legitimate claims against dumped products, while ensuring that any changes do not result in increased applications from industry sectors seeking to use anti-dumping as a means of industry protection.

  • Preview Review of Export Policies and Programs: Submission (PDF 878.2 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 10 June, 2008

    The NFF's June 2008 submission to the Government's trade review renews the call for global trade reform. Agriculture remains the most distorted area of international goods trade globally, with average tariffs more than three times higher than in non-agricultural goods.

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