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Anti-dumping public interest test doesn’t consider national interest: CSR

A number of manufacturers have warned against introducing a public interest test as the Productivity Commission prepares a report for early next year on anti-dumping arrangements.

Submissions have been made by manufacturers including SPC Ardmona, the Bureau of Steel Manufacturers, BlueScope, Australian Paper and CSR.

The Australian reports that CSR has cautioned against a public interest test, which, the company claims, would reduce the chances of success in an anti-dumping case and introduce red tape.

“CSR would be concerned that a PI test will trade off the long term for seductive arguments about immediately cheaper prices for consumers, without full consideration of the national interest and long-term potentially damaging impacts,” The Australian reports Rob Sindel, CSR’s CEO, as saying in a submission.

SPC Ardmona – which last month won an anti-dumping case against Italian tomato exporters – has also warned against such a test.

An “improved public interest test” was recommended in the National Commission of Audit’s Towards Responsible Government report, headed by businessman Tony Shepherd, released last year.

It recommended thatdumping protection is only implemented if the benefits to the affected industry clearly exceed the costs to other industries and Australian consumers.”

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