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Japan to cut import tariffs on some Australian beef - Nikkei

Published on May 15, 2013 1:42 AM

REUTERS - Japan is set to agree to reduce import tariffs on Australian frozen beef from 38.5 per cent to around 30 per cent as part of a bilateral economic partnership agreement, the Nikkei said.

Tariffs on chilled, grass-fed beef from Australia will also likely be brought down from 38.5 per cent to roughly 30 per cent.

But those on chilled, grain-fed beef will remain unchanged, as this type of Aussie beef competes against some Japanese offerings, the paper said.

Frozen Australian beef is usually used by restaurants for such dishes as hamburgers and is not expected to directly compete with domestic beef, according to the business daily.

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