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Primary, meat industries to profit from RCEP

17th November 2020 By Samantha Worthington | | @foodtickernz

New Zealand’s primary industries will benefit from a new trade deal signed by the Government at the weekend, with tariffs eliminated on some meat exports, according to prime minister Jacinda Ardern.

Jacinda Ardern and Damien O’Connor with the signed RCEP agreement. Image: Supplied.

During a virtual summit on Sunday, trade and export growth minister Damien O’Connor signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). He was joined by Ardern and ministers from Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, Australia, China, Japan, and South Korea.

Under the agreement, tariffs on some meat products into Indonesia would be eliminated, which Ardern said would benefit New Zealand’s meat industry. 

“Our primary industries will also profit – with the new expectation that customs authorities will release perishable goods within six hours of arrival, helping to reduce spoilage and save money,” she said.

The deal was signed by 15 countries, and was projected to add $186bn to the world economy and increase New Zealand’s GDP by around $2bn, helping the country to accelerate its economic recovery post-Covid-19, according to Ardern.

O’Connor added: “This agreement will secure market access for New Zealand exporters to a region which includes seven of New Zealand’s top 10 trading partners.”

In 2019, New Zealand exported more than $36bn of goods to RCEP countries and nearly $12bn of services. 



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