Productivity Commission Safeguards Inquiries into Imported Processed Fruit and Tomato Products – Final Reports

Media release

20 December 2013

The final reports of the Productivity Commission (the Commission) inquiry into the impacts of the importation of both processed fruit and processed tomato products have today been publicly released.

The Commission found in its reports, Safeguards Inquiry into the Import of Processed Fruit Products and Safeguards Inquiry into the Import of Processed Tomato Product, that safeguard measures on these imports are not warranted.

While the Commission acknowledged that SPC Ardmona has suffered injury in recent years to both its tomato processing and processed fruit operations, it found that this was not caused by a surge of imports but by other factors. These included rising domestic production and labour costs, reduced consumer demand and extreme weather events.

The Productivity Commission is Australia's designated body for undertaking such inquiries and for determining whether protective safeguard measures are appropriate.

The Commission consulted widely during its inquiries and received more than 120 submissions. Public hearings were also held in Canberra and Melbourne. Its findings will be reported to the World Trade Organization.

Copies of the final reports, are available at www.pc.gov.au.

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