Wednesday, 07 October 2015 09:27

Machinery Builders Must Obtain Early Facts on Post TPPA Trading and especially on Status of Invisible Barriers

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New Zealand production engineers as soon as the negotiation dust settles should consult their North American agents for hard news on tariff, clearance, and preference shifts on machinery imports including machinery re-builds.

Similarly they should put in early requests for information from the New Zealand government’s own trade network in North America and especially the consulates.

Machinery exporters must stress that they want also feeling about the post TPPA climate in regard to invisible trade barriers such as health and safety restrictions designed to keep foreign products out.

Forwarders must also be consulted for their feel of post TPPA rules, regulations, and attitudes.

TPPA negotiators hustled the agreement over the finishing line by parking the literally insoluble raw milk and meat categories. They kicked them into touch to await changing times comments MSCNewswire’s foreign correspondent Peter Isaac.

For milk, it is business as before and in order of nuisance value faces were saved in Canada, United States, Japan, and Mexico.

A free market in milk and a serious relaxation on meat was never going to be countenanced by these countries especially in Canada where most of the dairying is in the volatile French-speaking regions.

In these nations it is dairying especially with its cooperative structure and thus regular payments to small farmers that keeps people living in the country, maintaining the infrastructure there, and keeping people away from the trouble-prone cities where they are likely to become unemployed.

As in all things political it was the fear and trembling attendant upon unemployment statistics that ensured that milk and meat was kicked into touch.