12 March 2015

Manufacturing Australia supports tough stance on dumped aluminium

Manufacturing Australia (MA), an alliance of some of Australia’s largest manufacturers, has welcomed the decision by the Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) against PanAsia China that will see significant penalties imposed on the Chinese aluminium extrusions manufacturer and its associated distribution businesses in Australia.

Executive Director Ben Eade said the decision would help local manufacturers to compete on a level playing field with importers.

“The Anti-Dumping Commissioner, Mr Dale Seymour, and Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane, are to be congratulated for taking a tough stance on the illegal practice of dumping,” Mr Eade said.

“Without strong anti-dumping enforcement, Australian manufacturers have little recourse against illegal dumping, a practice that has led some manufacturers to the brink of closure.”

MA member Capral Aluminium initiated the inquiry into PanAsia China in early 2014 on behalf of local extrusion manufacturers. The Chinese company is the largest exporter/importer of aluminum extrusions into Australia.

Based on the findings of the ADC, the Minister imposed substantial dumping duties, totalling 57.6%, on all PanAsia China extrusion imports into Australia. Additional penalties in the form of back duties were also applied from the start of the investigation period.

“The ruling sends a clear message that the government and the Anti Dumping Commission will act on illegal dumping and circumvention and the penalties will be significant,” Mr Eade said.

“It’s good news for local manufacturing and local jobs.” Mr Eade said the decision was the first of its kind under new laws - but that there was still room to tighten other loopholes that threatened local product.

“The Ramsay Inquiry into anti-dumping offers a fresh opportunity to identify areas where circumvention activity is still hurting manufacturers, such as in the minor modification of steel products,” Mr Eade said.

“New laws must be tightened and implemented as quickly as possible.”

Manufacturing Australia’s members include Allied Mills, BlueScope, Brickworks, Capral, Cement Australia, CSR, Incitec Pivot, Orora and Rheem.

Media contact:
Madeleine Brennan M 0402 715 577