Head Of Irish Whiskey Association And Dairy Industry Ireland Director Call For Irish Products That Contain Input From NI To Be Recognised As Still Having EU Origin Status
The head of Ibec's Irish Whiskey Association, William Lavelle, and Dairy Industry Ireland director Conor Mulvihill have called on the Irish government to appeal to the EU to recognise Irish products that contain some level of input from Northern Ireland as still having EU origin status.
As reported by The Irish Times, since the UK left the EU, a range of goods deemed to be produced in the Republic of Ireland lost their EU originating status and, consequently, their access to lower or zero preferential trade tariffs with some markets, and mixed-origin dairy products that are manufactured in the Republic do not have access to EU market support measures anymore.
The goods affected reportedly include some Irish whiskey and dairy products, and said affected Irish whiskey and dairy products are reportedly produced primarily in the Republic, but contain some level of inputs or processing in Northern Ireland.
According to The Irish Times, said products lost their EU originating status under all EU trade agreements with markets across the globe because the rules of origin in said agreements do not recognise inputs or processing from outside of the EU.
The Irish Times quotes Lavelle as saying at a hearing of the Seanad special select committee on Brexit, "Irish whiskey containing Northern Irish inputs or processing have now lost access to zero or reduced tariff provided for EU free trade agreements with a range of markets including South Africa, Switzerland, Serbia, South Korea, Colombia, Vietnam and Botswana.
"As an example, the tariff facing Irish whiskeys deemed to be of EU origin in South Africa is zero while the tariff facing Irish whiskey which have lost their EU originating status is 154 cent a litre. In South Korea, it is zero compared to 20%."
The Irish Times quotes Mulvihill as saying that is "vital" that a solution is found to allow Irish dairy products from the "integrated all-island dairy supply chain" to gain access to existing and future EU free-trade agreements.
Mulvihill reportedly said, "This is an unfair and anomalous situation since milk and products produced in Northern Ireland must adhere to EU standards, with free movement being facilitated under the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol
"The failure to designate these mixed origin dairy products manufactured in Ireland as EU is causing difficulties."
Mulvihill reportedly also said that segregation of milk "has never been needed and would be extremely difficult for dairy and specialised nutrition companies to achieve".
Mulvhill reportedly added that the matter is "further complicated" by the fact that there is insufficient processing capacity in Northern Ireland to handle all of the milk that is produced there.
Additional Lavelle And Mulvihill Statements
Lavelle and Mulvihill, who were reportedly joined by Dairy Council for Northern Ireland chief executive Dr Mike Johnston at the hearing of the Seanad special select committee on Brexit, reportedly said that they do not want the EU to renegotiate trade agreements, but to instead consider new rules of origin that protect cross-border supply chains on the island of Ireland.
The Irish Times quotes them as saying, "We are calling on the Irish government to continue to champion the need to reform rules of origin and territoriality rules in international trade to protect and facilitate cross-border supply chains on the island of Ireland."
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