Aussie meat reliant on China free trade deal

  • 31/07/2015

Australian sheep and cattle farmers will be hugely disadvantaged compared to their New Zealand competitors if Australia's free trade deal with China isn't ratified by year's end, a parliamentary committee has been told.

Kiwi beef and sheep meat will be tariff-free next year under the New Zealand free trade deal with the Asian giant.

Australian Red Meat Industry chairman David Larkin told parliament's treaties committee today that it was vital comparable Australian products received similar, albeit lagging, access arrangements as a matter of urgency.