Non-tariff measures of commercial significance to horticulture (ST19021)
What was it all about?
To facilitate collaboration between industry and government in addressing non-tariff measures, this investment engaged RMCG to identify and understand the impact of non-tariff measures on specific commodities and, more broadly, across the horticulture industry.
Market access is critical for the Australian horticulture industry. Australian growers export approximately $2.92 billion worth of horticultural commodities annually, accounting for about 25 per cent of Australia’s total production. Although there has been a general decrease over the last ten years in tariffs that restrict trade, there has also been a steady emergence of non-tariff measures that can directly impact export markets. Non-tariff measures can lead to benefits from both an import and export perspective. However, export markets often experience a decrease in activity as compliance costs rise and exporting becomes less profitable.