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[Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Mr. J. MeEwen)


Mr. MeEwen commented today on the announcement from

ndon that the United Kingdom intends to permit importation from the

liar area of an additional list of items of trade. Dried fruits

ind pineapple juice are items in the list important to Australia.

Importation of these items into the United Kingdom

as hitherto been curtailed by import restrictions against the dollar

rea. Mr. MeEwen said that these liberalization measures announced

y the United Kingdom were bound to increase the competition being

xperienced by Australian exporters of these commodities. He said

hat restrictions on fresh meats,' other than pork, have also been - -

removed, but pointed out that as North America is a net importer of

fresh meat, competition in this item is unlikely to affect the

Australian market in the United Kingdom.

There are now only a few items on which the United

Kingdom will be retaining restrictions on goods originating from the

Dollar Area. Of these commodities the most important to Australia are

canned fruit, apples and pears, wine and processed milk.

The Minister recalled that the United Kingdom

Government had stated at the Montreal Conference last year its intention

to proceed with the removal of controls on imports from Dollar sources

and indicated then that all being well it hoped to make a start in

1959 with as wide a range of consumer goods and foodstuffs as possible.

In accordance with this policy and the growing strength of sterling

in relation to the dollar, the United Kingdom had removed restrictions

from a large number of items in May this year.


M-th November, 1959