Export deal could impact South Burnett wine sale
MARANOA MP David Littleproud has said a new free trade agreement with Peru could be beneficial for South Burnett wine makers.
"This new deal means there'll be immediate duty free access for our sheep meat, most wine and most horticulture products, kangaroo meat and wheat,” Mr Littleproud said.
"Peru is Australia's fifth largest commercial partner in Latin America and is a gateway to increased trade across South America.
"Whether it's Granite Belt horticulture and wine from the South Burnett; kangaroo meat harvested and processed in Western Queensland; beef processed in Warwick, or Darling Downs grain - this trade deal is fantastic news for Maranoa.”
In the past, Australian wine has been shut out of the Peruvian market because of tariff barriers.
"Aussie exporters were effectively locked out of Peru due to the high tariffs they faced,” Mr Littleproud said.
"This agreement has virtually eliminated them, putting our exporters in pole position to capitalise on this growing market.
"Maranoa is synonymous with high-quality products and that's exactly what the world is looking for. This agreement is a real boost for producers as the sector continues to grow thanks to this government's commitment to growing our export opportunities.”
Mr Littleproud said the Federal Government would work closely with Australian export industries to guide and inform preparations for technical market access submissions to Peru.
He said discussions were already under way between Australian and Peruvian authorities to establish the necessary import protocols for Australian beef and sheep meat.
Australia exported $6.7million of agricultural products to Peru in 2016
and imported $114 million worth.