Laws to be amended to Make Anti-Dumping Commission more Effective


The Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission (ADSC), for the financial year 2010/11, will facilitate amendments to various laws, aimed at making the agency more effective in carrying out its functions.
According to a report tabled recently by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, in the House of Representatives, the Commission will continue to facilitate, where possible, the completion of amendments to resolve issues with the Customs Duties (Dumping and Subsidies) Act, 1999 and Regulations.
The Report also stated that the ADSC will commence amendments needed to resolve deficiencies in, and strengthen the Safeguard Act, 2003 and Regulations. Also in the fiscal year, the Commission will seek to educate businesses and other associations, on trade remedies and related matters.
“This will be undertaken by means of speaking engagements, workshops and seminars,” the report stated.
As for trade negotiations and policy support, the ADSC will continue to support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade by means of review, analysis and written comments to the World Trade Organisation Negotiating Group on rules and trade remedy related matters.
“The Commission also intends to put forward recommendations to include in its mandate, review and evaluation of the impact of applied tariff changes as required. The Commission also expects to continue research and propose potential mechanism for defence of Jamaica’s service industries, analogous to trade remedies for goods,” the report noted.
The Anti-dumping and Subsidies Commission is Jamaica’s Trade Remedy Authority. The survival of domestic industry under the pressures of globalisation, and related risks of unfair competition from dumped or subsidised imports, provides the Anti-dumping and Subsidies Commission with the context for its core mandate – the investigation of unfair practices in international trade and the determination of remedies on behalf of domestic industry, within the framework of World Trade Organisation rules.
The Safeguard Act, which allows for the application of measures to defend domestic industries from some detrimental effects of increases in imports, is also part of the work of the Commission.

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