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Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs 16 April 1998 093/98

GOVERNMENT DELIVERS FAST AND FAIR DUMPING SYSTEM Australian Paper manufacturers will have faster access to anti-dumping safeguards under changes to Australia’s anti-dumping and countervailing duty system, the Minister for Customs and

Consumer Affairs, Warren Truss, said today.

Speaking to workers and management during a visit to the Maryvale Paper Mill, Mr Truss said the comprehensive reforms approved by the Federal Government would assist local industries in instances where

dumping can be proven.

’The Government’s new system will provide a simpler, fairer and faster process for Australian industry seeking redress against dumped or subsidised imports,” Mr Truss said. These new measures will be of particular assistance to the paper industry where allegations of dumping are prevalent.

Mr Truss said the new legislation delivers on the Government’s election commitment to reduce the total investigation period for dumping inquiries to 155 days. Provisional relief can now be provided after 60 days.

Anti-dumping arrangements safeguard Australian manufacturers and producers from material injury by exporters unfairly dumping goods in the country.

Under the new arrangements, once a prima facie case of dumping has been established, the Australian Customs Service will conduct a comprehensive investigation and deliver a final report to the Minister within 155 days. The Minister will then take action to impose dumping

duties or dismiss the complaint depending on the finding.

Mr Truss said he expected the new legislation to be ready for introduction into Parliament in Budget week and he hoped it would receive a speedy passage through the lower and upper Houses.

The Minister also highlighted the recent decision to formally reject a recommendation from the Anti-Dumping Authority (ADA) to release Indonesian company Tjiwi Kimia from price undertakings on imported A4 copy paper. This means that the company will be required to

maintain the price undertaking not to dump product in Australia.

”My decision provides certainty for the Australian A4 copy paper industry and will be welcomed by many regional communities such as Gippsland which are concerned about the future of vital local industries,” Mr Truss said.

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