New Zealand Winegrowers welcomes UK free trade announcement
New Zealand Winegrowers has welcome the potential UK Free Trade Agreement that the UK and NZ have agreed in principle, calling it very positive for the NZ industry.
Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers, said the agreement was very positive for the New Zealand wine industry, noting that it was likely to mean “significant progress” for wine, including a specific wine annex.
“This will help remove technical barriers to trade and minimise burdens from certification and labelling requirements,” he said.
“The UK is New Zealand’s second largest export market for wine, with exports valued at over $400 million over the past 12 months. The agreement will reduce trade barriers and remove tariffs on New Zealand wine exports to the UK, which will make a big difference for many within our industry.”
“We thank Ministers and officials for their support and conduct of negotiations in challenging circumstances due to COVID-19, and look forward to details being finalised.”