• DA to levy anti-dumping duties on Turkish flour

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    THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said anti-dumping duties on Turkish flour will take effect starting next month in line with the findings of the Tariff Commission that Turkish exporters were selling wheat flour to the Philippines at below market prices in Turkey.

    Under Department of Agriculture Order 10, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala requested the Department of Finance, through the Bureau of Customs, to impose a definitive anti-dumping duty against 17 Turkey-based exporters.

    The punitive duty—which will be in addition to the 7 percent regular import duty on flour—ranges from zero to 16.19 percent of the export price of the Turkish flour shipments.

    The additional duty covers 17 Turkish flour millers and will be in effect for five years.

    Last week, the Tariff Commission reaffirmed the decision of the DA to impose an anti-dumping duty on Turkish flour shipments, citing the “imminent” threat to the domestic flour industry.

    The commission also said that new Turkish flour exporters or producers who have not exported to the Philippines during the period of investigation (POI) would be subject to an accelerated review.

    “New foreign exporters who have not exported the dumped products to the Philippines during the POI may request for an accelerated review provided they are not related to any foreign exporter who is subject to the anti-dumping duty,” the commission said, adding that no anti-dumping duty shall be imposed during the review.

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