Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Craig Laundy announced on April 19, 2017 that the Australian Government has imposed dumping duties on A4 copy paper exported to Australia from Brazil, China, Indonesia and Thailand. According to the announcement, the Government has also imposed countervailing duties on A4 copy paper exports from uncooperative Chinese exporters.
The duties were imposed after considering the Anti-Dumping Commissioner’s findings and recommendations from his dumping and countervailing investigation into imported A4 copy paper.
During the investigation period, the Anti-Dumping Commissioner found that:
- exports of A4 copy paper from Brazil, China, Indonesia (with the exception of one exporter) and Thailand were dumped with dumping margins ranging between 2.9% and 45.1%;
- exports of A4 copy paper from uncooperative exporters in China received countervailable subsidies with a subsidy margin of 7.0%.
The investigation was in response to an application from Australia’s only manufacturer of A4 copy paper – Australian Paper – based in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.
Craig Laundy, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, commented:
“The A4 copy paper investigation has been complex and consequently lengthy. It involved numerous parties including 11 exporters, nine importers and three governments. During the investigation, interested parties made a total of 151 submissions – 63 of those provided after the commissioner’s preliminary findings were published last December.
The measures imposed as a result of this investigation will provide an effective safeguard to Australian Paper from the effects of dumped and subsidised imports from the four countries subject to this investigation. Those four countries accounted for 94% of A4 copy paper imported during the investigation period.
Almost 100% of the exports from China – the largest source of A4 copy paper imported into Australia – would be subject to a dumping margin of 34.4%.”
Affected parties have 30 days after publication of the decision to lodge an appeal with the Anti-Dumping Review Panel.