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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2490


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   What is the duty imposed by the United States of America on raw wool imports entering that country.

(2)   How long has such a duty been imposed and has the duty charged been reduced in any way having regard to the general decline in wool values.

(3)   What has been the value of exports by Australia of raw wool to the United States in each of the last five years.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   The duty imposed by the United States of America on raw (greasy) wool imports entering that country is cents U.S. 25½ perlb clean weight for wools finer than 44's. Concessional rates apply to coarser wools but virtually all greasy wool imported from Australia attracts the rate of 25½ cents.

(2)   The rate of 25½ cents has been in force since 1st January 1948, when a 25 per cent reduction from the earlier rate of 34 cents was implemented as a result of G.A.T.T. negotiations in 1947. There has been no further reduction since then.

(3)   The value of exports from Australia of raw (greasy) wool to the United States in each of the last five years was as follows:

 







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