Tag: Wood Council of NZ

Trade Barriers – It’s what you can’t see that really hurts!

Press Release – Wood Council of NZ All the talk right now is about how export industries in New Zealand benefit from the removal of tariff barriers. Tariff barriers to overseas trade are generally easy to see and their impacts are well understood. The TPPA has done a good job of identifying …Trade Barriers – It’s what you can’t see that really hurts! All the talk right now is about how export industries in New Zealand benefit from the removal of tariff barriers. Tariff barriers to overseas trade are generally easy to see and their impacts are well understood. The TPPA has done a good job of identifying tariffs and knocking them out. That said, until much more attention is paid to eliminating non-tariff barriers the full benefit of free trade agreements will not be attained. “Non-tariff barriers are effective in restricting access to foreign markets because they are not directly visible and are hard to quantify“, says Brian Stanley, Chair of the Wood Council of New Zealand (Woodco). “This makes them very tricky for exporters to tackle”. Woodco has released a report today which points to the non-tariff barriers that NZ wood product exporters are up against. The study finds that even when tariffs are low or non-existent, the barriers which remain to NZ wood exports are significant. The removal of these non-tariff barriers will potentially have higher...

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TPPA may open doors for processed wood products

Press Release – Wood Council of NZ The forest and wood processing industries have welcomed the removal of tariffs on wood products across the 12 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We have yet to see the detail, but we understand that all tariffs on logs and wood products …MEDIA RELEASE 8 October 2015 TPPA may open doors for processed wood products The forest and wood processing industries have welcomed the removal of tariffs on wood products across the 12 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). “We have yet to see the detail, but we understand that all tariffs on logs and wood products will be reduced to zero. That represents a $9 million saving,” says Wood Council chair Bill McCallum. “While this is not a huge sum in the context of a trade worth $1.5 billion, we anticipate there will be bigger prizes arising from the TPP Agreement. “The focus of the TPPA has been on tariff reduction and elimination, but with wood products we suspect that non-tariff barriers are a much greater impediment to trade. Technical barriers that have no scientific justification can prevent the import or use of imported wood products. Subsidies enjoyed by domestic wood processors can also make it impossible for imports to compete fairly. “The TPP creates a special relationship among the participating countries and we are hopeful it will become a permanent...

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