The Australian Government has noted the overnight decision in Geneva of the
World Trade Organization Appellate Body in favour of New Zealand in the
apples dispute between the two countries.
The Government has accepted the decision and will now proceed with a
science-based review of the import risk analysis for New Zealand apples.
The review will be conducted by Biosecurity Australia.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, and
Minister for Trade, Craig Emerson, said Australia had strongly defended the
integrity of the nation's quarantine regime throughout the dispute and the
current review will ensure Australia remains appropriately protected from
pests and diseases.
"With our strong belief in the benefits of liberal trade, the Gillard
Government will accept the independent umpire's decision of the WTO," Dr
Minister Ludwig said industry and other stakeholders would be properly
consulted through the review process, which would be based on the best
"The Australian apple industry will be given an opportunity to present its
views on this matter," he said.
The Gillard Government assured consumers the apples they bought in
Australia would continue to be of the highest quality.
"Just as for any other product, no trade in New Zealand apples can occur
until quarantine measures that appropriately protect Australia and our
agricultural producers have been determined. That will occur following the
completion of the review," Minister Ludwig said.
"As a country dependent on exports, we cannot turn our backs on the WTO
rules that support our nation's prosperity and that we used to gain access
to other countries' markets," Dr Emerson said.
"Being a leading member and advocate of global trading rules, Australia
must now abide by those rules."
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