Last week the Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare
officially launched the Anti-Dumping Commission
("Commission") and appointed its first Commissioner, Dale
The Minister also announced the initiation of the
Commission's first investigations into the alleged dumping of
peaches from South Africa and of tomatoes from Italy.
Official launch of the Commission
As part of the Federal Government's "streamlining"
program to reform Australia's anti-dumping regime, the new
Commission has been established in Melbourne and was officially
launched on 10 July 2013. The Commission is armed with $24.4
million over four years and six pieces of legislative reform to
investigate and take action against allegations of dumping.
The Commission is also currently recruiting for 25 new positions
to double the number of investigators to better equip the
Commission to balance increased levels of "unfair"
practices of exporters to Australia. The establishment of a
Commission and allocation of greater resources were primary
recommendations made by the Brumby review of the anti-dumping
Appointment of the first Commissioner
The first person to oversee the Commission's operations,
Dale Seymour, has held a range of private and public sector roles
including former Director of Deloitte Access Economics, President
of Wormser Energy (USA) and Deputy Secretary of the Victorian
Department of Primary Industries.
The appointment seems to have accounted for the recommendations
made by the Brumby report to recruit and establish appropriate
skills and experience due to the complexity and technical nature of
the work it performs.
The Commission's first investigations
SPC Ardmona (SPC) has lodged two applications for the initiation
of investigations against allegations of dumping by exporters of
preserved peach products from South Africa (ADN 2013/54) and by
exporters of preserved tomato products from Italy (ADN
Hunt and Hunt previously provided comments on ABC Radio National
Bush Telegraph on 30 April 2013 regarding the impact of a growing
international market of cheap imports of tinned fruit on SPC and
Australia's fruit growing industry. The Australian government,
seen generally as an international free-trader, is sending
interesting messages to the rest of the world by considering
Interestingly, the new Commission's initiation of the
dumping investigations follows the Productivity Commission last
month commencing an inquiry, at SPC's request, into whether the
"unexpected and unforeseen" increases in imports call for
a special tariff duty to safeguard local producers. Former senior
trade negotiator, Paul Barratt will be heading the inquiry,
demonstrating the importance of helping local producers in the
Unfortunately, the apple and pork industries were unable to
secure similar responses to their requests for protection from the
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