Escalation in Australian Anti-Dumping Action

In a recent commentary, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Pascal Lamy, pointed to a “significant decline” in initiations of new anti-dumping investigations from 213 in 2008 down to 153 in 2011. However, ...

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Trade Facilitation on the Wane?

Fairfax media recently ran a series of stories which alleged that there was evidence of a level of corruption in the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (“Customs”).   The articles pointed to a number of Cus...

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Customs Proposes Amendments to the "Production Assist Costs"Provisions of the Customs Act 1901

By way of Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice No. 2012/20 ("Notice") dated 10 April 2012 but only appearing on the website of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ("Customs") on 13 April 2012 (Friday th...

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Legislation keeps moving as Australia’s Federal Parliament enters Autumn Sittings

Movement on some Bills of interest to industry is summarised below: Second Tranche of Anti-Dumping Legislation Readers will recall that in June 2011 the Federal Government announced significant reforms to Australia’s Anti Dump...

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Proposed Port of Melbourne Licence Fee Likely to Cause Higher Charges

Key points The Victorian Government has introduced a Bill which would require the Port of Melbourne Corporation ("PoMC") to pay the Government an annual Port Licence Fee ("PLF ") of $75 million. The PoMC has already indica...

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Exporters from China, Vietnam and Other Non-Market Economies to the US May Now be Entitled to Refunds of Countervailing Duties

As many readers would be aware, WTO Agreements (adopted by member countries) allow for the imposition of anti-dumping duties (to remedy a situation where sales in export markets are at prices below values in country of origin caus...

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