In March 2020 the New Zealand Meat Board commenced a review of its quota allocation mechanisms. This process has now concluded and this page outlines the background and outcome of the review.

Background to the review

The Meat Board Act 2004 (MBA 2004) delegates certain obligations and administration responsibilities to New Zealand Meat Board (NZMB). This includes administration of quota allocation mechanisms for EU Sheepmeat and Goatmeat (EUS&G), EU High Quality Beef (EUHQB), and US Beef and Veal (USB&V) tariff rate quotas.

The mechanisms used to allocate access to these quotas have not been changed since 2006, which was when changes from the last wholesale review were implemented.

The MBA 2004 also requires NZMB to review its quota allocation mechanisms at least every five years.

A discussion document about potential changes was released and feedback was invited from all registered meat exporters and other stakeholders such as government. More information about the process is in the report below.

Outcome of the review

The overwhelming feedback in response to the request for feedback was that there was support for maintaining the existing allocation. The Board also considered the global trading environment and identified a need for stability for exporters.  

As a result, it has been determined that the existing allocation mechanisms meet the Board’s requirements and objects. This means there will be no changes to the mechanisms at this time.

Next steps

The Board will closely monitor the impacts of change within quota markets and whether a further review of the mechanism is needed before the next five-year deadline.

More information

The Quota Allocation Mechanism Review final report is available here.