THE Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the public service department of New Zealand, has issued its interim report on Frozen Fries Investigation which reveals that processed potato dumping is an issue in New Zealand.
However, it goes on to say that the problem is not bad enough to apply tariffs.
The report investigates European dumping of frozen processed potato into the NZ market. Potatoes NZ, the industry association representing the interests of the New Zealand potato industry, is reviewing the report and will meet with processors to determine how to act.
Australia has contributed nearly half of the annual volume of imports since 2016 while latest data shows that import shares from Belgium and the Netherlands are at 11% and 18% respectively.
The full report can be viewed here.