The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on the House of Representatives Agriculture and Industry Committee (Committee) Inquiry into Australia’s anti-circumvention framework in relation to antidumping measures (Inquiry).
Wood and paper products are internationally traded commodities. Australian wood and paper product manufacturers face significant international competition, and incidences of competition from foreign producers selling below ‘normal value’ and producers that have government support (ranging from direct financial support to tariff assistance and tax credits) that may not reflect the ‘true’ cost of inputs for competing products around the globe.
Australia’s commercial environment is completely exposed to international trade and is not a level playing field. AFPA members consider that the anti-dumping system is complex, onerous, time consuming and costly even though recent reforms and the establishment of the Anti-dumping Commission (ADC) have improved aspects of the system.