Statement on UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Comments attributable to NFF Chief Executive, Tony Mahar

We welcome the ratification of Australia's trade deal with the United Kingdom by the UK Parliament.

This deal improves access to an important market for Aussie farmers. It will also give UK consumers the option of sustainable, high quality Australian produce on supermarket shelves to complement their existing home-grown options.

We applaud the Australian and UK governments for reaching a deal that meaningfully reduces trade barriers, at a time when many countries are choosing to step back from trade liberalisation.

Australia has among the lowest agricultural subsidies in the OECD. To survive and thrive, Australian farmers rely on open and fair access to export markets.

The UK FTA sets a strong standard from which to continue negotiations with other markets, as Australia continues to provide an important voice for levelling the playing field for agricultural trade.

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