24-02-2014 03:50 AM | Japan

Japan-Canada talks believed aimed at shielding dairy items

Japanese and Canadian trade chiefs are believed to have discussed at a meeting in Singapore on Sunday cooperating in maintaining tariffs on dairy products in Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, sources said.

The meeting between Akira Amari, minister of TPP affairs, and Canadian International Trade Minister Edward Fast was held as part of four-day ministerial talks that started Saturday among 12 countries participating in the TPP negotiations.

Canada hopes to protect its dairy products from imports. Similarly, Japan regards dairy products as one of five key farm product categories and aims to keep tariffs on imports.
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