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The Cairns Group
Members:
Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Columbia
Fiji
Indonesia
Malaysia
New Zealand
Paraguay
Philippines
South Africa
Thailand
Uruguay
Trade Flow:
exports $577bn
imports $549bn
The Cairns Group



The Cairns group of agricultural exporting nations was formed in 1986 to lobby at the last round of world trade talks in order to free up trade in agricultural products. It is named after the town in Australia where the first meeting took place. Highly efficient agricultural producers, including those in both developed and developing countries, want to ensure that their products are not excluded from markets in Europe and Asia. Canada, Brazil and Argentina are other leading members.