INDUSTRY THREAT TO BOYCOTT TPP TALKS

Most US dairy co-ops and processors, all of whom are members of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) or the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC), have threatened to withdraw support from the pending Trans-Pacific trade agreement if Japan and Canada refuse to follow through on pledges to provide comprehensive market access for US dairy products. NMPF and USDEC are stressing the need for comprehensive market access in all dairy tariff lines. Both organisations also stressed the importance of addressing the impact of NZ government dairy policies that have “intentionally advantaged a single national champion at the expense of other competitors”.