The Coalition Government is backing local producer, Australian Paper, with the Anti-Dumping Commission to impose duties on A4 copy paper imported from four nations.

The anti-dumping duties on imported paper from Finland, Korea, Russia and Slovakia range from 3.8 to 16.4 per cent.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the decision followed a significant investigation and would help level the playing field for Australia’s paper industry.

“This Anti-Dumping Commission’s investigation involved five countries and uncovered a level of dumping that caused injury to Australia's sole producer of A4 copy paper, Australian Paper, which manufactures in Maryvale, Victoria,” Minister Andrews said.

“These duties will assist Australian Paper to more strongly compete with overseas manufacturers in a fairer economic environment.

“This decision demonstrates the strong anti-dumping laws which have been strengthened by the Liberal-Nationals Government to protect local industries.

“The Morrison Government is committed to a strong and robust anti-dumping system, and we will take action to ensure local producers are not injured by unfair competition.”

Dumping occurs when the export price to Australia is below the selling price, or below the full cost of the product, in the country of export.

The Coalition has taken measures to ensure Australia has a strong anti-dumping system, as part of plan to support Australian manufacturing to help create 1.25 million new jobs over the next five years.