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Australia opens up for pork (and tomatoes)

Australia and the European Union (EU) have agreed on a deal on easy exports for pork and tomatoes.

The deal meant and end to a trade row between the two sides at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).


Complaint


Back in 2003, the EU complained about Australian quarantine rules, which were violating international trade rules. The EU claimed that in fact the quarantine rules led to import bans of pork, poultry and eggs, but also of citrus fruits, apples, cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots.


The WTO investigated the complaint while both sides tried to solve the problem together. Now Australia has promised to adapt the system, making it more transparant.


Trade conditions improved as well, especially for pork, tomato and citrus fruit exports, the EU says.


Related websites:
• World Trade Organisation (WTO)
• European Union (EU)


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