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PH can soon export duty-free canned pineapples to Australia

  • The Philippines may soon export duty-free canned pineapples to Australia
  • This follows Australia’s decision to lift anti-dumping measures on the product after 15 years
  • Consumer canned pineapples may be exported duty-free from October 17, 2021 when the anti-dumping measures expire
  • For industrial canned pineapples, the anti-dumping measure will expire on November 13, 2021
  • Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commission said lifting the anti-dumping measures will not lead to dumping of products or cause injury to its domestic industry

Philippine pineapples may soon find their way to Australia following the country’s decision to lift anti-dumping measures on the product after 15 years, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, DA said consumer canned pineapples may be exported duty-free from October 17, 2021 when the anti-dumping measures expire. For industrial canned pineapples, the anti-dumping measure will expire on November 13, 2021

Agriculture Secretary William Dar welcomed the development, noting the lifting of the anti-dumping measure will further strengthen trading relationship with Australia.

“Our trading relationship with Australia has been a healthy one, except for this kind of impediment that had blocked the entry of Philippine agriculture exports to that country,” Dar said in a statement.

“Pineapple is the next fruit, following banana, that could capture a big slice of the export market given the country’s comparative advantage in producing said commodity,” he added.

The Australian government first imposed the anti-dumping measure in 2006 for a period of five years after Golden Circle Limited, the sole producer of canned pineapples in Australia, lodged a request to impose the said measure on canned pineapples imported from the Philippines.

The measure was extended for another five years in 2011, and subsequently for another five years in 2016.

In its two reports issued on October 6, 2021, Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) decided to discontinue the anti-dumping measure following findings its expiration would neither lead to dumping of these products nor cause material injury to the domestic industry.

The ADC initiated an expiry review on January 25, 2021 after Golden Circle sought the extension of the anti-dumping measure for another five years.

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