Argentina raises export tax, files WTO complaint

By Staff | September 10, 2012

After Spain closed all imports of biodiesel from Argentina to bolster its own idled industry—until months ago a major outlet for Argentine biodiesel—the South American country raised its national biodiesel blend mandate from 7 to 10 percent. Just recently, the Argentine government increased the biodiesel export tax from 20 percent to 32 percent, a move that has the nation’s biodiesel plants “very upset,” said Georges Breitschmitt of Recup-Oil, a small-scale producer in Argentina. Argentine biodiesel production is expected to hit 3.2 million tons (approximately 961 million gallons) this year, Breitschmitt said, up from 2.4 million tons in 2011 and just 700,000 tons in 2008. In August, Argentina filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against the European Union about the protectionist Spanish trade barriers.

 
 
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