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International Trade Remedies Adviser appointed to help small and medium businesses with anti-dumping



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THE HON. JASON CLARE MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR JUSTICE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MATERIEL

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International Trade Remedies Adviser appointed to help small and medium businesses with anti-dumping

9 July 2012

The Minister for Home Affairs, Jason Clare, today welcomed the appointment of Mr Arthur Vlahonasios as the International Trade Remedies Adviser hosted by the Australian Industry Group.

Minister Clare said this new position, funded by the Australian Government, will help small and medium businesses with Australia’s anti-dumping system.

“Mr Vlahonasios will work with small and medium businesses to help them understand and access our anti-dumping system, which can be complex,” Mr Clare said.

As part of the role, Mr Vlahonasios will:

 help producers and manufacturers seek remedies if they are affected by injurious dumping or subsidisation by assisting with the preparation of applications for dumping and countervailing investigations, reviews, and continuation inquiries;

 help our small and medium businesses reach World Trade Organization thresholds for dumping and subsidy investigations; and  assist businesses in compiling evidence needed for investigations.

Mr Vlahonasios has extensive experience in anti-dumping, working for the International Trade Remedies and Legal Services Branches in the Customs and Border Protection service since 2004. Prior to this he practiced for several years as a commercial solicitor.

While serving as the International Trade Remedies Advisor Mr Vlahonasios will be on leave from his role at Customs. If he returns to Customs after working in the role he will not be involved in investigating cases in which he provided advice as part of the Advisor role. Any commercial-in-confidence information that Mr Vlahonasios may have gained through his previous employment will be protected while he is undertaking the International Trade Remedies Advisor role.

The position is part of the Australian Government’s improvements to the anti-dumping system and will be run as a pilot project until 31 December 2013.

The Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, Mr Innes Willox, said the position will give important support to businesses dealing with unfair and damaging trading practices.

“The International Trade Remedies Adviser will be located within the Australian Industry Group offices to ensure the exchange of information and ideas,” Mr Willox said.

“It will also increase awareness and understanding of Australia’s anti-dumping regime for importers.”

Media Adviser: Annie Williams: 0428 040 522

Background

 The Government announced the establishment of a Small and Medium Enterprise Support Officer position as part of its Streamlining Australia’s anti-dumping system reforms.

 The position was renamed the International Trade Remedies Adviser (ITRA) to better reflect the roles and responsibilities of this senior position.

 A funding agreement has been entered into with Australian Industry Group, who will employ and host the ITRA.

 Mr Vlahonasios has worked for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service since 2004, in the International Trade Remedies and Legal Services Branches.

 Mr Vlahonasios has completed a Bachelor of Laws with honours and a Bachelor of Commerce. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in September 2001, and practised for several years as a commercial solicitor prior to joining government.