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Thursday, 3 December 2015
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Live Animal Exports

(Question No. 1743)

Mr Zappia asked the Minister for Trade and Investment, in writing, on 21 October 2015:

Does the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement include any provision for live exports.

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

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) does not deal with product-specific import protocols or quarantine matters which are negotiated separately by, for Australia, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and, for China, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

On tariff treatment, under ChAFTA China will phase-out its 10 per cent tariff on a range of live animals over four years from entry into force, including:

live cattle other than for pure bred breeding;

live horses other than for pure bred breeding.