Sheepmeat

Australia's sheepmeat exports face barriers to trade in a number of countries. This border protection commonly takes the form of tariffs and / or tariff rate quotas.

A tariff is a duty (or tax) levied on goods transported from one customs area to another.

A tariff rate quota is a quantity limit on imports below which a reduced or in-quota tariff is charged on imports. Where imports exceed the tariff rate quota the level of imports above the limit are charged a higher or above-quota tariff.

Quotas/tariffs: 2015

Country

Bound tariff*

Applied tariff

China

12%-23%

12% -23% (0% within 8 years following entry into force of ChAFTA on 20 December 2015)

European Union

70%**

19,186 tonne quota (carcase weight equivalent; calendar year)
In quota: 0%; above quota: 12.8% + 90.2-311.8 euro/100 kg

Japan

0%

0% (reaffirmed as 0% under JAEPA)

Korea

22.5%

18% (previous 22.5% tariff will be eliminated under KAFTA)

Mexico

10%

10%

Middle East

0-5%

0-5%

PNG

11%

11%

South Africa

66%

40% or 2 RAND/kg whichever is higher

Taiwan

15%

15% or NT$11.3/kg whichever is higher

Thailand

32%

0% (under TAFTA)

US - lamb

US 0.7c/kg

0% (under AUSFTA)

US - mutton

US 2.8c/kg

0% (under AUSFTA)

*Bound tariffs are those agreed to under GATT or WTO. They represent commitments not to increase tariffs above the listed rates - the rates are "bound"
**Estimated tariff equivalent (average across tariff lines)

ChAFTA= China-Australia FTA; JAEPA= Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement; KAFTA= Korea-Australia FTA; TAFTA = Thailand-Australia FTA; AUSFTA = Australia-US FTA

As tariff rates and quotas can alter, reference should also be made to the tariff schedules available from the relevant authority in the country of interest.

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