Thai tuna import tariff to double

The Nation, Bangkok

Thai tuna import tariff to double

7 September 2006

Australia will increase tariffs on canned tuna and canned pineapple from Thailand after the finding that they had exceeded quotas under the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Australian Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister, Peter McGauran, said higher duties would be applied following the triggering of special agricultural safeguard provisions under the agreement.

"The safeguards can be implemented when imports from Thailand reach predetermined volumes," McGauran said.

"In 2006, these volumes are 22,434,591 kilograms of canned tuna and 6,083,197 litres of canned pineapple," he said. "The volumes of imports of canned tuna and canned pineapple have now both exceeded the trigger volumes."

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