An investigation into the European dumping of frozen processed potato into the New Zealand market has been deemed as not being a material threat to the country’s potato industry, according to a new report. New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Interim Report said that while dumping had occurred, it did not require tariffs to be applied.
The country’s industry body Potatoes NZ (PNZ) is reviewing the report and meeting with processors and other affected stakeholders to determine next steps.
One producer, Lamb Weston, was found to be dumping its frozen processed potato and will likely continue to do so. However, the report found that Belgium and the Netherlands are not the main source of New Zealand’s imports of frozen potato fries and wedges — that has been Australia, which has contributed nearly half of the annual volume of imports since FY2016.
PNZ maintains that the concern for the NZ industry still remains.
Source: Foodprocessing.co.au. Full story here
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