Win for Australian Tomato Growers & Producers

11 Feb 2016 Media release

In a major win for local producers, the Australian Government will impose duties on certain prepared or preserved Italian tomatoes.

The Anti-Dumping Commissioner has recommended that dumping duties be applied to Feger and La Doria canned tomatoes.

This is the second dumping decision regarding Italian tomatoes and now means that all canned tomatoes from Italy are now subject to anti-dumping measures.

During the investigation interested parties had opportunities to make submissions; the final decision is to apply dumping margins of 8.4 per cent to Feger tomato products and 4.5 per cent to La Doria imports.

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said that this was a strong and decisive decision for local producers.

“This ruling will ensure that Australia’s only canned tomato producer, SPC Ardmona, can now compete equally in Australian stores and supermarkets.”

“Feger and La Doria are major competitors in the Australian market.

The Australian Government is committed to a strong and robust anti-dumping system.

The suite of reforms recently introduced by this Government strengthened our system to ensure Australian manufacturers and farmers are competing with imported goods on a level playing field.

The suite of reforms included better support for Australian businesses engaging with the system, measures to crack-down on uncooperative exporters, introducing measures to address circumvention of duties and improving the operational effectiveness of the Anti-Dumping Commission.

Mr Pyne said Australian tomato growers would also benefit from a fairer economic environment, potentially selling more of their product to local processors.