As the Chinese-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) continues to move forward, negotiations for safer and higher standard regulations to be put in place for trade.
The Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, MP Keith Pitt, has stated that the "ChAFTA has delivered many positive results during its first year in force - and we are working with our farmers and food manufacturers to enable them to take maximum advantage of the agreement".
According, to Mr Pitt, a range of non-tariff measures (NTMs) will be prioritised using ChAFTA's build-in agenda, to ensure rigorous standardisation of imported products.
However due to the nature of NTMs, many requirements such as health and phyto-sanitary requirements will need to be considered on a case-by-case basis, as opposed to traditional tariff negotiations.
Mr Pitt said that the Government would address all NTM questions through the proper available mechanisms, such as that under ChAFTA, APEC, the World Trade Organisation and current trade negotiations such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
As of June, 2016, the Government initiated a NTM working Group, led by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, to provide a coordinated approach to NTMs.
Source: SCI Australia