Winemakers Federation of Australia.
The chief executive of the Winemakers Federation of Australia has
welcomed the striking of a freetrade deal between his country and the
United States, claiming that it will bring "long term
benefits" in a key market. Stephen Strachan was not concerned that
while U.S. alcohol producers will gain immediate duty free access to the
Australian market (including spirits) once the deal is ratified, his
exporters will see U.S. tariffs phased out over 11 years. "We can
produce wine in sufficient quality to ensure that we can compete on our
own feet," he said, noting that the "parochial" home
market was 95% dominated by Australian wines.