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Impact of UK-New Zealand trade deal on agriculture and food examined

23 May 2022

The International Trade Committee explores the overall impact of the free trade agreement (FTA) on UK agriculture and look at other cross-cutting provisions within the FTA.


Wednesday 25 May 2022

At 10.00am

  • Peter Dawson, Policy and Sustainability Director, Dairy UK
  • Phil Stocker, Chief Executive, National Sheep Association
  • David Swales, Head of Strategic Insight, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
  • Miles Beale, CEO at Wine and Spirit Trade Association

At 11.00am

  • Sue Davies, Head of Consumer Rights and Food Policy, Which?
  • Dr Barbara Allen, Senior Lecturer at School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Dr Jason Paul Mika, Associate Professor at School of Management, Massey University
  • Sir Lockwood Smith, New Zealand politician and former High Commissioner of New Zealand at New Zealand Parliament

The session will include two panels. The first will focus on the overall impact of the free trade agreement (FTA) on UK agriculture. According to Government impact assessments, the FTA could lead to an economic contraction of 0.35% (£48 million) for agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and 1.16% (£97 million) for semi-processed foods.

MPs are likely to seek agri-food representatives’ views on the FTA, and in particular on whether five ‘sensitive’ sectors identified in the deal - beef, sheep meat, milk, cheese and fresh apples - are adequately protected. The panel will also explore the comparative food, animal welfare and environmental standards between the two countries.

From 11am, a second panel will look at other cross-cutting provisions within the FTA, exploring the ramifications of the deal’s chapters on gender equality, Māori trade, the environment, consumer protection, good regulatory practice and regulatory co-operation.

Total trade between the UK and New Zealand was worth £2.5 billion in the 2020-21 financial year, according to the Department for International Trade.

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