October 16, 2021

Australia has lifted its anti-dumping duty on canned pineapples from the Philippines

After 15 years, Australia has decided to remove its anti-dumping measure on Philippine canned pineapples.

This means that the Philippines can now export duty-free canned pineapples to Australia under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), once the measure expires on Oct. 17, 2021 for consumer canned pineapples and Nov. 13, 2021 for Food Service Industrial (FSI) canned pineapples.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar applauded the positive outcome, saying that the removal of the anti-dumping action will enhance Australia’s trade ties.

“With the exception of this type of barrier that has prevented the entrance of Philippine agricultural products to that nation,” Dar added, “our trade relationship with Australia has been a robust one.”

“Given the Philippine pineapple sector’s spectacular growth performance over the last couple of years, this is a very promising prospect,” he said.

Following banana, pineapple is the next fruit that may grab a large share of the export market due to the country’s comparative advantage in producing the fruit.

After Golden Circle Limited, Australia’s only manufacturer of canned pineapples filed an application with its government seeking the implementation of the anti-dumping measure on canned pineapples imported from the Philippines, the Australian government first implemented it in 2006 for a five-year term.

In 2011, the legislation was extended for another five years, and again in 2016 for another five years.

Following findings that its expiration will neither lead to dumping of the products in question nor cause material injury to the domestic industry, Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) decided to discontinue the said measure on canned pineapples from the Philippines in two reports issued on Oct. 6, 2021.

Golden Circle requested that the anti-dumping measure be extended for another five years, thus the ADC launched an expiration review on Jan. 25, 2021.

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