9 March 2018

Manufacturing Australia: comments on US trade developments

This is not a time for Australia to be naïve: a trade war could significantly harm domestic industry and jobs.

Bi-partisan support for a strong anti-dumping system is more important than ever. So too is strong political and diplomatic representation abroad. We are fortunate to have both those right now.

The Federal Government is right to pursue vigorously an exemption for Australian exporters from any new tariffs introduced in the USA.  

The Federal Opposition is also right to want to strengthen the anti-dumping commission and ensure it has control of all the tools it may need – including safeguards - to respond quickly to changing conditions in international trade.

Manufacturing Australia urges continued political support, from all parties, for Australia’s interests at home and abroad.


Attribute to: Ben Eade, Executive Director, 03 9023 9117