The New Zealand potato industry reports that the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) trade remedies team has now launched an investigation into the proven threat of surplus frozen fries being imported into New Zealand. This MBIE decision was based on the positive evidence the New Zealand potato industry provided in their application completed in September this year, as part of the Potatoes New Zealand (PNZ) Pandemic Industry Recovery Plan.
The application was in response to the threat of increased dumped imports of surplus European frozen fries, to the NZ potato-processing sector.
According to PNZ, at the time of the application, the surplus in Europe was 1.5m tons, today it is estimated at 2.6m tons and growing by the minute due to the impacts of further lockdowns in parts of Europe.
This situation is not unique to the NZ potato industry. In recent months the US and Australia have also called for duties or actions to limit what they see as underpriced EU fry imports. The South African Vegetable Processors Forum, which includes Potato South Africa, McCain Foods South Africa and Lamberts Bay Foods wants to see the South African Government take anti-dumping measures against EU exports, echoing calls coming from Australia and New Zealand.