Larger export shipments of pineapples to Australia are anticipated this year after that nation lifted its anti-dumping duties on imports of Thai canned pineapples.
Canned pineapple imported from Thailand was subject to an anti-dumping duty of between 7.9% and 28.6% of CIF (cost, insurance and freight) prices for industrial use, as well as those destined for direct personal consumption.
Adul Chotinisakorn, director-general of the Foreign Trade Department, said pineapple used for personal consumption had lower anti-dumping tariffs maintained, at rates ranging from 2.6-16.8%.
"This is good news for Thai canned pineapple exporters," he said. “Given the new rates, Thailand has seen a much better competitiveness in the Australia market, as the Philippines' canned pineapple used in the food industry is still subject to anti-dumping tariffs of 18.7%, while the same product used for personal consumption from the Philippines is still subject to penalty tariffs of 5.9%-22.9% of CIF prices, higher than those levied on Thai products."
Thai exporters are urged to quickly exploit this competitive advantage over its peers to raise their shipments to the Australian market, said Mr Adul. He told bangkokpost.com that Thailand fetched a combined 477 million baht from shipments of the two products to Australia in 2016, with the figures dropping to 388 million in 2017 and 275 million in 2018.