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Safeguards inquiry into the import of processed fruit products

Public inquiry

This inquiry has concluded. The final report was sent to Government on 12 December 2013 and released on 20 December 2013.

The Commission was to report on:

  • whether conditions are such that safeguard measures would be justified under the WTO Agreement
  • if so, what measures would be necessary to prevent or remedy serious injury and to facilitate adjustment
  • whether, having regard to the Government's requirements for assessing the impact of regulation which affects business, those measures should be implemented.

In undertaking the inquiry, the Commission was to consider and provide an accelerated report on whether critical circumstances exist where delay in applying measures would cause damage which it would be difficult to repair. If such circumstances exist, and pursuant to a preliminary determination that there is clear evidence that increased imports have caused or are threatening to cause serious injury, the Commission is to recommend what provisional safeguard measures (to apply for no more than 200 days) would be appropriate.

The Commission consulted widely, held hearings and called for submissions for the purpose of the inquiry.