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Dumped and subsidised foreign imports

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Foreign businesses exporting goods to Australia may choose to sell their goods at a price below their ‘normal value’. The normal value is what the goods would sell for in their country of origin. Dumping is the activity of exporting goods cheaper than normal value. 

As well as dumping, governments may provide their exporters with subsidies.

These practices aren’t illegal but they can make it difficult for Australian producers of the same goods to remain competitive in the marketplace. The Australian Government’s anti-dumping and countervailing (anti-subsidy) system can help Australian industry to compete against these imports.

Anti-dumping claims and investigations

The Anti-Dumping Commission investigates dumping and subsidy claims. Following an investigation, the Minister can impose import duties on the dumped or subsidised goods to remedy the injury caused. The Australian Border Force enforces and collects duties. 
Australian industry, foreign exporters and Australian importers can apply to the Anti-Dumping Review Panel to review a decision.

Assistance for small and medium-sized enterprises navigating the anti-dumping system

The International Trade Remedies Advisory (ITRA) Service helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access Australia’s anti-dumping system. This free service can help you:

  • apply for an anti-dumping or anti-subsidy investigation
  • apply for duty assessments, exemptions and reviews
  • understand the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy system

The ITRA Service is independent of the Anti-Dumping Commission and does not act on its behalf.

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Claims and investigations: contact the Anti-Dumping Commission  

Independent reviews: contact the Anti-Dumping Review Panel 

SMEs needing help navigating the anti-dumping system: contact the ITRA Service

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Last updated: 10 July 2018

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