Courier dad refuses to ship baby formula to China, losing $10,000 a month | Law

Courier dad refuses to ship baby formula to China, losing $10,000 a month

Trade and Commercial Law lecturer Weihuan Zhou comments on the baby formula shortage crisis in The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 November 2015.

"Australia's export controls focus on food standards and safety when it comes to milk and milk products. At the moment, there are no export restrictions on baby formula such as those introduced by Hong Kong in 2013.

"It would be better to deal with this using domestic measures instead of border instruments such as export restrictions. However, I am also not sure whether the government is willing to intervene as market competition is favoured. In the end, it probably has to rely on the private sectors themselves.

"That said, as this crisis escalates into a real threat to public interest, the government may step in."

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