The Federal Government is supporting local jobs and backing Australian Paper, by announcing the Anti-Dumping Commission will impose duties on A4 copy paper imported from four nations.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said anti-dumping duties would be imposed on imported paper from Finland, Korea, Russia and Slovakia.
“Dumping occurs when the export price to Australia is below the selling price, or below the full cost of the product, in the country of export,” Mr Chester said.
“The importation of dumped product threatens local jobs.
“These duties will assist Australian Paper to compete with overseas manufacturers in a fairer economic environment.
“This decision demonstrates the strong anti-dumping laws which have been strengthened by the Federal Government to protect local industries and ensure local producers like Australian Paper are not impacted by unfair competition.”
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the decision to impose anti-dumping duties followed a significant investigation and would help level the playing field for Australia’s paper industry.
“This Anti-Dumping Commission’s investigation involved five countries and uncovered a level of dumping that caused injury to Australia’s sole producer of A4 copy paper, Australian Paper, which manufactures in Maryvale,” Minister Andrews said.
“The Morrison Government is committed to a strong and robust anti-dumping system, and we will take action to ensure local producers are not injured by unfair competition.”
The Coalition’s has taken measures to ensure Australia has a strong anti-dumping system, as part of plan to support Australian manufacturing to help create 1.25 million new jobs over the next five years.
Australian Paper supports more than 5,700 jobs through its operations in the Latrobe Valley