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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Page: 26226

Senator NETTLE (8:54 PM) —The relevance of the yarn forward rule is that I have been using it as an example of a United States non-tariff barrier that Australian and US customs officials would enforce in their searches into premises. Other non-tariff barriers exist in the textiles industries in the United States, but I use the example of the yarn forward rule. In response to my first question, the minister said that he understands that there is a requirement in the agreement—and it is in the copy I have here—for equivalent legislation to be introduced into the United States, but my understanding of his answer to me was that there is a requirement in the agreement for Australian Customs officials to be able to enter American premises. Is there a capacity in the United States implementing legislation that was passed by the congress to have Australian Customs officials inspect United States textile factories?