1 Sep 2015

Changes to horticulture dumping legislation

12:41 pm on 1 September 2015

Horticulture New Zealand is pleased the government has made changes to proposed anti-dumping legislation but says there's still work to be done.

Minister of Commerce Paul Goldsmith has announced a proposed automatic termination period on anti-dumping duties will not go ahead after Hawke's Bay fruitgrowers expressed concern.

Horticulture New Zealand spokesperson Leigh Catley said the Government was also looking at introducing a test to determine whether goods are being dumped, and growers had a keen interest in seeing how this will work.

"What does dumping look like? That's what this test will decide. It basically says you can provide that product in New Zealand at such and such a price and it doesn't look like its being dumped. But is there a test we can apply to it just to make sure that it's not going to seriously impact on local production?

"The reason horticulture is interested in this is because we have had incidences in the past and we have seen incidences of dumping in other countries. Australia has an ongoing issue with canned tomatoes for instance being dumped in their market."