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Tuesday, 18 April 1961


Mr OSBORNE (Evans) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I move - [Customs Tariff Amendment (No. 7).]

1.   That the Schedule to the Customs Tariff 1933-1960, as proposed to be amended by Customs Tariff Proposals, be further amended as set out in the Schedule to these Proposals and that on and after the nineteenth day of April, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-one, Duties of Customs be collected accordingly.

2.   That in these Proposals, " Customs Tariff Proposals " mean the Customs Tariff Proposals introduced into the House of Representatives on the following dates: - 16th March, 1961; and 23rd March, 1961.

 

[Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) Amendment (No. 2).]

That the Schedule to the Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) 1933-1960 as proposed to be amended by Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) Proposals introduced into the House of Representatives on the sixteenth day of March, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-one, be further amended as set out in the Schedule to these Proposals and that on and after the nineteenth day of April, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-one, Duties of Customs be collected accordingly.

 

The two tariff proposals I have just tabled provide for a temporary duty of 6d. per lb. on edible gelatine, regardless of the country from which the goods are imported. The new rates will take effect to-morrow morning.

Following representations from the local producer, the Minister for Trade referred to the Tariff Board for report by a deputy chairman the question whether a temporary duty should be imposed on edible gelatine. His report has been received and will be tabled shortly The deputy chairman found that the local producer is experiencing very real competition from imports the effects of which could be quite serious. He recommended that a temporary duty of 6d. per lb. be imposed on imports in addition to the existing rates of lOd. per lb. or 17i per cent., whichever the higher, under the

British preferential tariff, and ls. 4id. per lb. or 42i per cent., whichever the higher, otherwise. As recommended by the deputy chairman, goods which were in direct transit at the date the subject was referred for inquiry are exempt from the temporary duty.

In accordance with the provisions of the legislation, the subject has been referred to the Tariff Board for full inquiry and report. The temporary duty will remain in effect until such time as the report can be received and considered by the Government, but not beyond three months after the report is received by the Minister.

I commend the proposals to honorable members.

Progress reported.







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