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Bobby Veal - Canada
Bull Meat - Korea
Bobby Calf - Malaysia 
USA Quota market


Bobby veal - Canada

The Board has worked with officials to reduce the age restriction from 21 to 14 days, to provide for access for New Zealand bobby veal which is slaughtered at a younger age.  Continue to work to have maturity restrictions removed.

Bull Meat - Korea

The Board has been working in this market for some years and in conjunction with the USMEF (United States Meat Export Federation) and MLA (Meat and Livestock Australia) to get freer access.

In early 1999 Australia and the United States sought Article XXII consultations with Korea through the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as they were concerned by a range of measures that restrict demand for imported beef. New Zealand assisted in this by taking what is called third party status. The consultations were unsuccessful, and a Panel was then formed to consider the issue. The Panel has now found in favour Australia and the United States. In light of its findings, the Panel concluded:

The following measures are included in the remaining restrictions within Note 6(e) of Korea’s Schedule and have a transitional period until 1 January 2001. From that date they shall be eliminated or brought in to conformity with the WTO Agreement:
SBS markup;
Limitations on the participation in the SBS system;
The requirement that beef imported by LPMO be distributed only through the wholesale market;
LPMO minimum wholesale prices;
The existence of a discretionary license system relating to any of the remaining restrictions (as distinct from its operation);

The following issues were concluded to be inconsistent with WTO principles:

the dual retail system for beef (including the obligation for department stores and supermarkets to sell imported beef to hold separate display, and the obligation for imported beef shops to bear a sign Specialised Imported Beef Store;
the requirement that the supply of beef from LPMO’s wholesale market be limited to specialised imported beef stores;
more stringent record keeping imposed on those that purchase imported beef;
the prohibition of cross-trading between endusers in the SBS system;
additional labeling requirements for imported beef;
LPMO’s lack of and delays in calling for tenders and its discharge practices between November 1997 and May 1998;
LPMO calls for tenders that are made subject to grassfed and grainfed distinctions, they also treat grassfed beef less favourably;
Korea’s domestic support for beef for 1997 and 1998 was not correctly calculated and exceeded the de minimus levels;
Korea’s total domestic support for 1997 and 1998 exceeded Korea’s commitment levels.

Bobby veal - Malaysia

The Board has negotiated automatic approval for bobby calves to be slaughtered at any Malaysian approved sheep chain.

USA Quota Market

The Board manages the USA quota market and administers the quota system in years where NZ is likely to exceed our quota allowance to this market.  This occured in the year to 31st December 2000 for the first time for a few years meaning that the current year we are now in has seen the re-introduction of quotas to the USA.






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Last modified: January 28, 2001