National Biodiesel Board (NBB) today welcomed the U.S. Court of International Trade's decision to
uphold the U.S. Department of Commerce's final determination in its changed
circumstances review (CCR) of duties on imports of Argentine biodiesel.
Following a lengthy review process, Commerce in May 2020 determined that there
were no "changed circumstances" in Argentina's subsidies for its
biodiesel producers that would warrant changes in U.S. duty rates first imposed
in early 2018. Today, the Court found Commerce's determination was reasonably
determined and supported by substantial evidence.
Kovarik, NBB's VP of Federal Affairs, said, "NBB's Fair Trade Coalition
and members are grateful that the Department of Commerce stood by U.S.
biodiesel producers and made the right decisions to maintain fair trade
conditions. NBB participated throughout the review to ensure the evidentiary
record was current and complete. We are pleased that the court's review
supports the outcome of that process."
January 2018, following a lengthy investigation that found U.S. biodiesel
producers were harmed by unfair trade practices, Commerce finalized antidumping
(AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) rates on Argentine biodiesel imports. In
November 2018, Commerce granted Argentina's request for a "changed
circumstances" review, based on that government's ongoing changes in its
export tax regime. In July 2019, Commerce issued a preliminary decision that
would have maintained the AD rates but virtually eliminated CVD rates for
Argentina's biodiesel producers. In May 2020, however, Commerce issued a final
determination that maintained both the original CVD and AD rates.
U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more
than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of
production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity.
Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each
U.S. bushel of soybeans.
from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil,
soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are better, cleaner
fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without
modification. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel
and renewable diesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and