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2020-10-19 | 公共電視

No Need for New Ractopamine Code: Economics Minister|增萊豬貨品分類號列? 經長:恐被WTO挑戰

The Kuomintang legislative caucus made a proposal to create a new Standard Classification of Commodity Code for imported American pork containing Ractopamine. Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua said no country has a CCC code for one specific animal additive and the WTO may challenge this kind of regulation.

Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua told lawmakers on the 19th the Tsai administration will not create a new Standard Classification of Commodity Code for imported American pork containing controversial leanness-enhancing drug Ractopamine. Wang said no country has a CCC code just for Ractopamine and creating one would only create new trade obstacles. She also claimed the World Trade Organization would challenge such a move.

Would this comply with WTO (regulations)? Would it create more so-called trade obstacles? These relevant testing and disease control regulations -- why placing special emphasis on these national treatment, non-discrimination and necessity principles is to try to avoid creating unnecessary trade obstacles. If it is against regulations, it would definitely violate WTO (regulations).

Wang told lawmakers Taiwan wants to sign a bilateral trade agreement with the US and Taiwan must follow international regulations on trade to overcome obstacles. Asked about the timetable for the signing of the BTA, Wang did not respond.

You told us the BTA timetable would be announced on Aug. 28 and go into effect on Jan. 1 next year. When do you think it will be signed? At present, Taiwan -- we are still reviewing this kind of thing. This issue has plagued us for years -- the lack of a resolution on US beef and pork has create enormous obstacles.

Wang was also asked about holding public hearings on US meat containing Ractopamine, which lawmakers said were necessary. Wang said there has already been a lot of discussion and the public knows enough. The Ministry of Economic Affairs hopes US meat containing Ractopamine can start entering Taiwan on Jan. 1.

經濟部長王美花,針對新增含萊劑美豬的貨品分類號列(CCC Code),立院進行專案報告,針對萊豬是否有增列新貨號必要性,王美花強調,政府不會針對"萊豬"增列新貨號,因為沒有任何一國,針對"萊劑"增列貨號,只會徒增"貿易障礙",在WTO上會被挑戰。

經濟部長 王美花 vs. 民進黨立委 陳亭妃表示:「(會不會符合到WTO,會不會有所謂設定貿易障礙?) 這個相關的檢驗的檢疫規定,為什麼非常強調這些國民待遇,不歧視,跟必要性的這個原則,就是不希望,造成不必要的貿易障礙。那如果違反,確實是會有違反WTO的問題。」

王美花強調,台美洽簽BTA是目標,但台灣在國際貿易上,必須符合國際規範,持續解除障礙。面對立委質詢,台美洽簽雙邊貿易協定時程表,王美花並未正面回應。

經濟部長 王美花 vs. 國民黨立委 楊瓊瓔表示:「(BTA,你告訴我們說,8月28號公布,明年1月1號上路。目的就是要讓BTA能夠簽。你認為什麼時候要簽?) 台灣到現在,我們還在審查這樣的一個東西。那我們對長久以來,這一件事情,美牛、美豬這個不解決,造成非常大的障礙。」

至於含萊劑美豬,是否還有再開公聽會必要性,王美花回應,之前已有非常多討論,資訊也讓社會大眾充分了解。目前就在立院審查,後續就看規定,經濟部希望依原本時程,在明年1月1號開放進口。

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