Philippines initiates safeguard probe on imported newsprint to determine if increased imports of newsprint are causing or threatening to cause serious injury to country's domestic industry; if injury is found, Philippines could restrict newsprint imports

GENEVA , October 1, 2013 (press release) – The Philippines has notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 20 September 2013 a safeguard investigation on newsprint.

In a domestic public notice attached to the notification to the WTO, the Philippines indicated that “all interested parties who may wish to submit their comments … are requested to direct their representation to [the authority] within five days from the date of publication of this notice.”

Further information is available in G/SG/N/6/PHL/9.

What is a safeguard investigation?

A safeguard investigation seeks to determine whether increased imports of a product are causing, or is threatening to cause, serious injury to a domestic industry.

During a safeguard investigation, importers, exporters and other interested parties may present evidence and views and respond to the presentations of other parties.

A WTO member may take a safeguard action (i.e. restrict imports of a product temporarily) only if the increased imports of the product are found to be causing, or threatening to cause, serious injury.

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