11 Dec 2010

Dairy access details awaited

9:54 am on 11 December 2010

New Zealand negotiators will find out next month what access the United States will offer to its dairy markets.

Better access to protected American markets is a key area for New Zealand in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Fonterra can supply only 22 thousand tonnes of cheese to the 4.5 million tonne US market before incurring high tariffs.

With nearly a year of negotitions completed, and less than a year to go, the US has yet to make an offer to cut those tariffs.

Chief New Zealand negotiator Mark Sinclair says all nine countries of the TPP, including the United States, will make market access offers before the next round of negotiations in Chile in February.

The nine nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States.