Former Minister for Trade
Australian Commonwealth Coat of Arms

19 July 2008

Australia Defends its Quarantine Measures for New Zealand Apples  

The Minister for Trade, Simon Crean, said that Australia’s comprehensive rebuttal submission in the dispute brought by New Zealand challenging quarantine measures for apples had been lodged overnight with the World Trade Organization in Geneva. 

Australia opened its market to New Zealand apples in March 2007, following a rigorous and transparent import risk analysis process.   

A number of quarantine measures are required to minimise the risk of certain pests and diseases entering Australia.  New Zealand objects to these measures. 

“Australia will defend its quarantine measures vigorously before the WTO dispute settlement panel,” Mr Crean said.   

“They are science-based and consistent with Australia’s WTO obligations.” 

A WTO dispute panel will conduct hearings on this matter in early September.  

Australia’s submission will be available at www.dfat.gov.au on Monday 21 July 2008.

Media Inquiries: Mr Crean's office 02 6277 7420 - Departmental Media Liaison 02 6261 1555