U.S. Wheat Associates Welcomes Relief For Philippine Flour Millers

May 02, 2014

USW is very pleased that the Republic of the Philippines government has agreed to provide relief to flour millers in the form of a provisional anti-dumping duty on Turkish flour imports. The government’s decision sends a clear signal that Philippine flour millers, an industry that employs thousands of workers, should be able to operate in an open and fair trade environment.

USW has been a partner to the Philippine flour milling and baking industries for more than 50 years. We have long supported competitive, open and fair trade environments and we continue to work in a transparent manner representing U.S. wheat farmers with millers and baking associations in the Philippines. Our organization helps them produce of some of the best baked goods in the world. That is why we publicly supported the claim from the Philippine Association of Flour Millers Inc. (PAFMIL) that local flour could not compete with Turkish flour being dumped into the market as well as the Association's petition for an anti-dumping duty.

The policies of the government of Turkey are fully responsible for the dumping of Turkish flour in the Philippines, Indonesia and other South Asian nations. Turkey's highly protected wheat and flour market and complex inward processing scheme create disruptive incentives for the Turkish milling industry to dump flour in export markets regardless of price.

The Philippines government was correct in investigating PAFMIL’s claim against Turkish flour dumping. It also correctly found strong justification to protect its flour milling industry.

Source : uswheat.org

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