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Japanese sugar tariff cut welcomed



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The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade

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JAPANESE SUGAR TARIFF CUT WELCOMED

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Tim Fischer, today welcomed a cut in sugar tariffs to Japan which will be worth an estimated $45 million to the Australian sugar industry.

“Coming on top of liberalisation in other markets such as the Middle East and the US, the Japanese tariff cut from 20 Yen/kg to 15 Yen/kg, is continuing good news for sugar exports,” Mr Fischer said.

“I am also encouraged by signs that Japan may go further over the next year in reducing its sugar tariffs.”

The sugar decision was one of a number specific trade liberalisation requests put by the Australian Government for inclusion in Japan’s latest deregulation action program.

“The Japanese have also agreed to use a packing date rather than a use-by date on bulk dairy products imported as raw material for processed food - something which the Australian dairy industry has been requesting for some time,” Mr Fischer said.

“Japan is moving at a steady pace toward performance-based standards in the housing and construction trade areas, and in this regard Japanese authorities have now agreed to accept Australian standards for imported plumbing products.

“Japan has also announced that a review of work experience qualifications required of registered foreign lawyers will be completed this financial year, and this should allow greater access to Japan for Australian lawyers.”

Mr Fischer said he welcomed the Japanese Government’s commitment to finish by September this year, any outstanding reviews of deregulation requests, and repeated the Australian Government’s hope that Japan would continue to give reform and deregulation a high priority.

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1 April, 1997 97040IB