Electronic recycling equipment is now being shipped to Australia via the company that supplies them, according to an independent report.
Key points:The company said it had no intention of stopping the delivery of the equipment to the US and Canada, despite the reportThe report says the move is likely to harm US-based retailersThe report said that despite the move, the company was still importing products from overseas to supply its US and Canadian customersThe company told the ABC that it was taking steps to stop the export of the electronic recycling equipment, including by reducing the number of items it is importing from overseas.
“The company has no intention at this time of stopping shipments of our electronic recycling items from the United States and Canada,” the company said in a statement.
“However, as of today, the US Department of Commerce (USDOJ) has issued a new export control notice for the items, and we have taken additional steps to mitigate the impact on our international customers and vendors.”‘
Dangerous’ and ‘a danger to the environment’The report, commissioned by the Independent Council of Australian Business, said it was “very concerned” by the move and the risk to the integrity of Australian businesses.
“We urge the Australian Government to take immediate action to stop this importation of electronic recycling goods and the consequent harm to Australian businesses and their customers,” it said.
“Our advice is that this import has a dangerous potential for causing significant harm to the environmental and economic wellbeing of Australian citizens and the environment.”
In our view, the import of these products is likely not to harm Australian businesses or their employees.
“Importing products from abroad is not an option for Australian businesses, as they have been forced to operate on a smaller scale in Australia.”
This could potentially result in further harm to our businesses, and our local communities.”‘
We are not taking any action’The company, the National Federation of the Blind and the Australian Federation of Fishers said in the report that the company’s export policy was inconsistent with the principles of the World Trade Organisation and other international trade agreements.”
If it is deemed by the US government to be in the public interest, then it should be allowed to import the products and be subject to export control,” the report said.
But the report noted that the USDOJ had issued a second export control order for electronic recycling products, which has already been granted.”
Given the USTR’s recent actions against the company, it is clear that there is a danger to our country and our industry,” it added.
The company argued that the export restrictions were necessary to protect Australian companies from the risk of “misclassification” by US authorities.”
Although this report does not allege any specific harm to any of the Australian businesses we work with, the report highlights the risks that will result from misclassification, the potential damage to the financial health of our Australian customers, and the potential disruption of our business,” the statement said.’
It’s not just an issue for Australian companies’The National Federation for the Blind said it wanted the Australian government to stop “further importation”.”
This is not about Australian companies, it’s about all Australian businesses,” the group’s national executive director, Michael Dickson, told the AP.”
It’s about our future.
It’s not only an issue the impact is in Australia, but it’s happening across the world.”‘
A huge risk to Australian consumers’The statement said the import restrictions would “result in a huge risk for Australian consumers” and called on the US to “take urgent action”.”
The import restrictions should be withdrawn immediately, and all Australian companies should immediately withdraw their products from the US, and their suppliers from the Canadian and European markets,” it concluded.’
Very concerning’The Australian government has yet to respond to the report.
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