Trade groups write Trump expressing concerns over Commerce’s changed views on biodiesel imports

November 28, 2018 |

In Washington, three trade groups wrote President Donald Trump to express concern that the U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated ‘changed circumstances’ reviews of U.S. trade duties on Argentine biodiesel companies. The National Biodiesel Board, the American Soybean Association, and the National Renderers Association urged the president to ensure that Commerce undertake a rigorous, comprehensive and transparent review before considering any adjustment to the duty rates it established just this year.

The U.S. Commerce Department imposed antidumping and countervailing duty orders in January and April 2018, following investigations in which the government found that biodiesel imports from Argentina were massively subsidized and dumped, injuring U.S. biodiesel producers.

The groups opposed Commerce’s initiation of the changed circumstances review, arguing that Commerce has well-established administrative review procedures for revisiting antidumping and countervailing duty rates. The agency has not used ‘changed circumstances’ reviews for these purposes. Commerce’s initiation of these reviews just months after finding that Argentina engaged in unfair trade practices creates a great deal of uncertainty for the biodiesel industry and other stakeholders.

Now that Commerce has initiated the changed circumstances review, the groups are urging President Trump ‘to ensure that Commerce’s review of these orders is no less rigorous and transparent than the ‘administrative reviews’ that Commerce typically conducts in other cases. To do anything less would strike a devastating blow to U.S. biodiesel producers and soybean farmers.’

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