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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 4066

(Question No. 4682)

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 24 September 1986:

(1) Is he able to say what amount of Brazilian orange juice concentrate is to be imported by NZ as part of a barter contract to purchase NZ dairy products.

(2) What is the present NZ tariff/quota level for citrus (a) juice and (b) fruit from (i) Australia, under the Closer Economic Relations (CER) Agreement and (ii) the rest of the world.

(3) Does the NZ importation of Brazilian juice breach or threaten to breach the CER Agreement.

Mr Dawkins —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) I am aware of press reports that the New Zealand Dairy Board has arranged a barter deal involving the exchange of Brazilian frozen orange juice concentrate for skim milk powder. I have no further details of the arrangements.

(2) (a) (i) Citrus juice from Australia enters New Zealand tariff free and licence exempt.

(a) (ii) Citrus juice from other sources enters New Zealand at a tariff rate varying from 20% to 28.5% depending on the kind of fruit, size of container and whether or not sugar has been added.

Import licence is made available on application for all citrus juice, except lime in small containers imported from sources other than Australia. Citrus juice in bulk containers and all lime juice is licence exempt.

(b) Citrus fruit is not subject to tariff or licensing whether imported from Australia or other sources.

(3) No. The CER Agreement contains no provisions restricting either Member State's ability to import from third countries.