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July 13, 2020

Stopping the dumping of frozen potato products

Why it is in the public interest

Dumping occurs when a country or company exports a product at a price that is lower in the foreign importing market than the price in the exporter's domestic market. And that is exactly what is happening now with frozen potato products from Belgium and the Netherlands being unfairly sold in New Zealand.

BERL was commissioned by Potatoes New Zealand to investigate how the dumping would affect the public interest. Our report can be found here. It concludes that the viability of New Zealand potato growers and processors is threatened, and that fast food businesses, retailers and consumers are unlikely to benefit from low prices in the longer term. The report also finds that social and environmental wellbeing in New Zealand could be reduced, if the dumping is not stopped by the imposition of an anti-dumping duty.