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Anti-Dumping Commission lowers tinned tomato tariff

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The Anti-Dumping Commission has reduced the tariffs placed on prepared and preserved tomatoes exported from Italy.

In July last year, the Anti-Dumping Commissioner initiated an investigation into the alleged dumping of cheap imported tomatoes from Italy following a request from troubled fruit and vegetable processor, SPC Ardmona.

The commission ruled in favour of SPC on November 15 last year, enforcing a nine percent tariff on imported tinned tomatoes on the grounds that imported goods had caused material injury to local producers.

The new tariff however has now been reduced to 5.06 percent, with a 26.35 percent tariff applying to “Uncooperative exporters”.

The new tariff of 5.06 percent will be applicable from February 4.

The reduction in tariffs comes just days after the liberal government announced that it will not be providing assistance to SPC Ardmona, who requested $25m as part of a restructure package to keep the company afloat.  

The Victorian opposition leader, Daniel Andrews has since pledged $30m to the struggling fruit processor should it be successful in the next election.

photo credit: St0rmz via photopin cc

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