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Australia Pressuring Canada in TPP for Greater Wine Access, Citing EU Gains

Posted June 02, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Mike Blanchfield – Canadian Press)

Australia is pressuring a reluctant Canada to lower trade barriers on its wine industry, pushing for similar concessions that were won by the European Union, The Canadian Press has learned.

An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development says Australia is pushing for greater market access for its wine in Canada as part of the ongoing negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Australia is citing gains made by the EU in its comprehensive agreement in principle with Canada – known by the acronym CETA – which was announced in late 2013, but is still being finalized. Click here to read more.