October 11, 2012
Norway to change tariffs on cheese, meat imports
A proposal made by the Centre Party (SP) and by associations of local farmers to change the current fixed rate per kilogramme tariff system to a varying percentages tariff system depending on the amount of meat and cheeses you want to import has been accepted by the Norwegian Government.
This is an 'old' assertion of Norwegian farmers, advocates of this new system that favours expensive imports and domestic production. In fact, this same proposal was rejected by the Nordic country's government earlier this year, but pressure from big companies like Tine and a large majority in parliament has made the Executive from Stoltenberg change his mind and the new rates will be presented with the 2013 budgets on October 8.
Norway imported food in 2011 amounting to SEK39,000 million (US$5.8 million), 4.000 million more than the previous year, of which SEK940 million (US$140 million) were for meat and SEK534 million (US$80 million) for cheese. Thus, meat imports grew 44%, while dairy product were up 13%.