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Government decision: IAC report on copper and certain copper products (including removal of export control)



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A , DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE v i l i ? INCLUDING THE AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS SERVICE

EMBARGO 4pm Thursday 26 January 1984 4/84

GOVERNMENT DECISION: IAC REPORT ON COPPER AND CERTAIN COPPER

PRODUCTS (INCLUDING REMOVAL OF EXPORT CONTROL)

The Acting M in is te r fo r In d u stry and Commerce, Mr John Brown, today

announced the Government's decision on the re p o rt o f the In d u s trie s

Assistance Commission (IAC) on Copper and C e rta in Copper Products.

He said the Government had accepted the IAC recommendations th a t

imports o f copper s e m i-fa b ric a tio n s should remain d u tia b le a t 10 per

c e n t, and th a t minimum rates o f duty should apply to imports o f '

unwrought copper, copper m atte, and waste and scrap.

"The Government has also accepted the m a jo rity view o f the

Commission th a t the embargo on the export o f copper and copper a llo y

in the form o f waste and scrap should be m ain ta in e d ", he s a id .

"However, the d e s ir a b ilit y and p r a c t ic a b ilit y o f export approval, when

surpluses to A u s tra lia n requirements occur, w il l be in v e s tig a te d .

"Apart from t h is , no fu r th e r review o f the embargo on scrap exports

is contem plated."

Mr Brown said annual export quotas on secondary ingots and o th e r basic

shapes would be increased from 1000 tonnes to 2000Tonnes e f fe c tiv e

from 1 Ju ly 1983 in lin e w ith the m a jo rity recommendation o f the

Commission.

"In te re s te d p a rtie s should apply to the Department o f Trade w ith in one

month. I f th e re fs to be any fu rth e r increase in th is quota, i t

w ill not take place before 1 Ju ly 1985.

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"The quotas could be increased to a le v e l not exceeding 3000 tonnes on

o r a f t e r 1 J u ly 1985 i f the M in is te rs fo r In d u stry and Commerce and

Trade consider the increase necessary and d e s ira b le .

"Any d ecisio n on increased in g o t quotas, or the a u th o ris in g o f exports

o f surplus scrap, w il l only be made a f t e r f u l l c o n su ltatio n w ith

in te re s te d p a r tie s " , he s a id .

The Commission's re p o rt w il l be a v a ila b le from A u s tra lia n Government

P u b lishing S ervice Bookshops in each o f the c a p ita l c it ie s in the near

fu tu re .

CANBERRA ACT CONTACT: R. Brown

72 3634

26 January 1984