EU Court dumps ethanol anti-dumping penalties for US exporters

June 12, 2016 |

In the EU, the 5th Chamber of the General Court of the European Union has annulled the European Union’s 9.5 percent antidumping duty on all ethanol imported from the United States. The duty had been in place since February 2013. The EU General Court ruled that the five-year antidumping duty of $83.03 per metric ton was invalid because the European Commission was required by EU law to give each sampled U.S. company its own antidumping rate. Instead, the EC based its countrywide rate on all parties, even though the majority of them were never properly sampled, in direct violation of both the European Commission’s own rules and longstanding WTO precedent.

In May 2013, RFA and Growth Energy filed a joint complaint, outlining violations by the European Commission in its antidumping investigation. The antidumping duty had effectively shut out U.S. ethanol producers from accessing the European market, which before the penalty was imposed had represented a 300-million-gallon market for our industry.

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