Evidence of European-produced potato fries being ‘dumped’ in the New Zealand market at a loss, has led to calls for tariffs to be applied to those imports. COVID-19 lockdowns and fewer people eating out have slowed demand for hot potato chips in Europe and left suppliers with a glut on their hands. The European market wasn’t able to sell 500,000 tonnes of frozen fries last year, so they’re dumping them at cheap prices in places like NZ.
Potatoes NZ CEO Chris Claridge says the threat to our industry is real and he believes there should be temporary tariffs to overcome what is happening. Processors who normally contract for growers are asking for less which indicates they’re getting their chips from elsewhere.