AUSTRALIA: Meat, dairy industries applaud proposed Japan trade agreement
Australian exporters of beef and dairy products have welcomed proposals for a free-trade agreement with Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his Australian counterpart John Howard announced that officials would begin negotiating an agreement in the coming months. Australian beef exports to Japan are currently subject to high tariffs, and both beef and dairy farmers would benefit from improved access to the profitable Japanese market.
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