Free trade agreement ‘boost to farmers’

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement will benefit local farmers. Picture: supplied

THE Federal Government has signed a landmark free trade agreement with the United Kingdom, delivering a significant boost to farmers and jobs according to Member for Barker Tony Pasin.

He said it’s a once-in-a generation agreement that will eliminate tariffs on a wide range of Australian agricultural exports, giving Australian exporters a competitive edge.

“The trade-boosting benefits of the Australia – United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA) will be seen almost immediately across a wide range of sectors in Barker,” said Mr Pasin.

“On day one of the agreement’s entry into force, tariffs on 99 per cent of Australian goods entering the UK will be eliminated, fast tracking new export opportunities and jobs in Barker.

“In my electorate of Barker there are more people per capita engaged in food manufacturing than in any other electorate in Australia.

“Our beef, lamb, wine and dairy products will all have immediately improved access to the UK market at lower or zero duties, and that’s wonderful for our agriculture sector in Barker.” Mr Pasin said.

“Australian farmers will benefit from the historic deal by having better access to a market of more than 65 million UK consumers who value safe, sustainably produced foods and beverages with the strong provenance Australia offers.” Mr Pasin said.

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