Implementing and evaluating the Australian Seafood Trade Agenda 2016 - 2018 - Seafood Trade Advisory Group (STAG)
Honey and Fox Pty Ltd
Jayne M. Gallagher
Australian seafood exporters still face a number of formal technical (e.g. SO2 in canned Abalone) and informal systemic barriers (e.g. deemed value) to trade which add cost and complexities which in the longer term could result in the opportunities created in the recent conclusion of a suite of FTAs with Asian markets not being fully realised. The 2014 Seafood Exporters Forum (45 exporters participated) agreed to continue the STAG to continue to focus on key priorities for the most important markets (China, Hong Kong and Japan). Other sectors were invited to join the STAG provided they support the STAG activities with resources and communicate according to the agreed key messages (outlined in the STAG Trade Agenda). Research on macro economic trends in important markets and potential FTA implementation issues that may impede capitalisation on the opportunities provided by those FTAs and are reflected in the agreed Seafood Trade Agenda priorities for 2016-2018 (attached). Having a unified voice on these priorities and addressing issues as they arise is the cornerstone of the success of the STAG to date. The STAG needs to coordinate communication and extension of research as well as continue to prioritise research priorities to keep access to global markets. As a relatively new group the STAG needs to formalise partnership arrangements that includes more industry sectors, implement a governance structure and establish a more stable funding base, including the establishment of a secretariat with capacity to respond to issues and responsibility for implementing and reporting on the Trade Agenda. This project will provide the co-contribution agreed for the PASE funded Seafood Asian Seafood Market Access Project. The funds from this project will be used to ensure that the outcomes of the PASE project are communicated and extended effectively to industry and that industry issues are communicated back to the project team. It will establish a new governance and reporting arrangement for the STAG and negotiate with the newly forming national peak body for it to assume the ongoing secretariat role for the STAG.
1. To support Australian government trade liberalisation and seafood exporters objectives by coordinating action on priority issues identified in the seafood Trade Agenda and Action Plan 2016-2018
2. To formalise STAG partnership and governance arrangements and develop a pathway for the establishment of a Seafood Trade Advisory Group as part of the newly forming national peak industry body
3. To establish the capacity to monitor and respond to non technical trade and market access issues that arise outside of the Trade Agenda and Action Plan 2016-2018