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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.
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Title Annotation:market deal with US
Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Feb 16, 2004
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