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The Anti-dumping and Subsidies Commission

| September 3, 2009
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The Anti-dumping and Subsidies Commission is Jamaica’s Trade Remedy Authority.

The survival of the domestic industry under the pressures of globalisation, and related risks of unfair competition from dumped or subsidised imports, provides the Anti-dumping and Subsidies Commission with the context for its core mandate. Within the framework of World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, the Commission investigates practices in international trade which are unfair to industries producing goods in Jamaica and determines remedies to defend these domestic industries.   

The Safeguard Act, which allows for the application of measures to defend domestic industries from some detrimental effects of sudden and significant increases in imports also forms part of the work of the Commission.

The Anti-dumping and Subsidies Commission is a portfolio agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF).  It has been a part of the Commerce portfolio since 1999 when it was formed under the provisions of the Customs Duties (Dumping and Subsidies) Act, 1999 (CDDSA).  In addition to the CDDSA, the Commission administers the provisions of the Safeguard Act, 2001, within the international trade agreement framework of the WTO Antidumping Agreement, Subsidies Agreement and Safeguards Agreement.

Globalisation as a phenomenon and international trade as a strategy for development and growth are among the most important areas on which governments and persons the world over are engaging. The Commission is a key part of the Government of Jamaica’s economic strategy and public commitment to the defence of domestic production and enhancement of the trade environment for domestic industry.

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