EU OMAR Review Update
On Thursday the 17th of August a delegation consisting of Greg Charteris (President AANZ, Kit Johnson (Licensed Alpaca Exporter) and Steve Ridout (Director International Alpaca Exports) met with senior officials of the NZ Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in Wellington to discuss the revoking of the OMAR for alpaca exports into the European Union (EU).
At the meeting we requested MPI to provide an update as to the current situation and what MPI’s plan was to ensure the review of the OMAR is kept at the forefront of the EU Commission. Action items that we felt would assist MPI/Market Access Team in its endeavours to resolve the current situation were tabled by Steve. Whilst we did discuss the previous issues we have had with MPI it was more pertinent to focus on a way forward whilst stating our discord with the ministry.
At this stage MPI are waiting on the next review by the EU Commission. The process of ongoing dialogue continues through their Market Access staff and the NZ Embassy/EU Councillor in Brussels to ensure the OMAR for Alpaca is placed high on their agenda to resolve. MPI provided a more in depth insight into the process of their bilateral communication process and its restrictions.
We felt that MPI had not been assisting the NZ Alpaca Industry enough
and had been restricting our ability to expedite the OMAR review. We sought
to make MPI fully aware of our position and what we as an industry expected
from MPI moving forward. We want a collaborative approach and requested
MPI to assist in a number of areas.
We have asked MPI to respond to the actions items within a week. The information provided will then be evaluated before taking the next steps to begin communication with the CVO’s and respective Embassies. We have already made contact with many of the overseas Alpaca Industry Associations that are effected advising them of the current situation, providing them with the relevant information to ensure their members are aware of the issues facing us all and the working groups plans moving forward.
If we feel that MPI have failed to provide us with the required information or cannot assist us further then the Minister and opposition Minister will again be contacted. The OMAR Review Working Group had tried unsuccessfully to arrange a meeting with Nathan Guy (Minister of Agriculture) prior to this meeting but has been fully briefed of the issue.
OMAR Review Working Group