The Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission was set up to help the Jamaican Economy survive some of the challenges of globalisation. The Commission’s expertise allows it to perform equitably and apply measures that benefit the economy in international trade in the Jamaican marketplace. It helps to secure the environment in which local producers operate hence becoming acquainted with the work of the Commission is vital for success against the challenges that exist in the global economy today. Currently, the Commission is looking ahead to the expanded role that it must play as the CARICOM Single Market (CSM) becomes more established and as trading relationships with the region’s largest trading partners are redefined.
The survival of domestic industry under the pressures of globalisation, and the related risks of unfair competition from dumped or subsidised imports, provides the Commission with the context for its core mandate: the investigation of unfair practices in international trade and the determination of remedies, 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.
The Commission is a portfolio agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) and has been in existence since 1999.
The Commission is charged with the responsibility to:
- Foster fair competition and equity in Jamaica’s international trading environment by vigorous and efficient enforcement of Jamaica’s Trade Remedies legislation (Anti-dumping, Subsidies Countervail and Safeguards).
- Provide advice to the Government through the Minister of Industry Technology and Commerce (MITEC) regarding international trade negotiating policy and implementation issues.
- Promote public awareness of and facility with Jamaica’s international trade remedies regime.
Operating in the international trade environment for the last seven years, the Commission has developed a vision to be the vanguard regional trade remedies body, implementing Jamaica’s Antidumping, Subsidies and Safeguards legislation in a fair, transparent and expeditious manner. The Commission has been singled out as a model organisation in the developing world by the World Trade Organisation. Given its pre-eminence in matters of trade remedies within the CSM, the Commission’s vision has expanded to encompass becoming a Centre of Excellence in international trade remedies and related matters. The Commission leads the region and assists others within CARICOM and outside the region in matters of trade remedies.