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Dumping and Subsidy Investigation into A4 copy paper imports

19 April 2017

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Craig Laundy announced today that the Australian Government has imposed dumping duties on A4 copy paper exported to Australia from Brazil, China, Indonesia and Thailand.

The Government has also imposed countervailing duties on A4 copy paper exports from uncooperative Chinese exporters.

Mr Laundy decided to impose the duties after considering the Anti-Dumping Commissioner’s findings and recommendations from his dumping and countervailing investigation into imported A4 copy paper.

These findings and recommendations were provided to Mr Laundy on 17 March 2017. The Assistant Minister had until 18 April 2017 to make his decision.

The Anti-Dumping Commissioner’s investigation was in response to an application from Australia’s only manufacturer of A4 copy paper – Australian Paper – based in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.

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 per cent and 45.1 per cent;
  • exports of A4 copy paper from uncooperative exporters in China received countervailable subsidies with a subsidy margin of 7.0 per cent; and
  • these dumped and subsidised imports caused material injury to the Australian industry manufacturing A4 copy paper.

“The A4 copy paper investigation has been complex and consequently lengthy,” Mr Laundy said.

“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.

“I thank the independent commissioner for this significant work and have accepted his findings and recommendations in full.

“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 per cent of A4 copy paper imported during the investigation period.”

Mr Laundy said almost 100 per cent 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 per cent.

“Contrary to some of the ludicrous and fanciful claims coming from the Opposition, the Turnbull Government will continue to protect Australian industries and workers, under Australia’s anti-dumping and countervailing (anti-subsidy) system,” Mr Laundy said.

“This decision is about ensuring a level playing field between Australia and our trading partners.”

Affected parties have 30 days after publication of the decision to lodge an appeal with the Anti-Dumping Review Panel.

The final report and other related documents can be accessed at http://www.adcommission.gov.au/cases/Pages/CurrentCases/EPR-341.aspx.

Media contacts: Mr Laundy's office 02 6277 4345