Asia Pacific

January 29, 2018

WTO: EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel must conform to GATT 1994

BY Ron KotrbaEU antidumping duties against Indonesian biodiesel are expected to be lowered, following a WTO panel report stating that the duties are inconsistent with provisions in established trade rules and must be brought into conformity with GATT 1994. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

USITC votes 4-0 that US biodiesel industry injured by imports

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. International Trade Commission determined in a 4-0 vote that the U.S. biodiesel industry is materially injured by biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, which the U.S. Department of Commerce previously determined are subsidized. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

US upholds stiff duties in biodiesel imports subsidies case

BY The National Biodiesel Board The commerce department issued its final determination in the case of subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. Importers must pay cash deposits of more than 70 percent for Argentine and 34 to 65 percent for Indonesian biodiesel. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

US biodiesel coalition to testify at ITC imports hearing Nov. 9

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. International Trade Commission will hold a hearing Nov. 9 concerning biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. Members of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition will testify, as well as two U.S. senators. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

Antidumping ruling places more duties on US biodiesel imports

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. Department of Commerce found that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia are sold into the U.S. below fair value, so it imposed preliminary duties on imports from these countries based on the amount of dumping found. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Opinion: Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs

BY Niamh Boyle Prima Markets provides a comprehensive summary of the growing international demand for low carbon fuels, including U.S. policy drivers and waste feedstock consumption, along with a detailed overview of the international trade of low carbon feedstock. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

In Depth: Biodiesel and the Ever-changing Political Landscape

BY Ron KotrbaIndustry stakeholders and legal experts discuss the recent RFS court ruling, the ongoing U.S. trade cases against Argentina and Indonesia, and the biodiesel tax credit in context of U.S. EPA’s Notice of Data Availability. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

Biodiesel Magazine 2018 outlook webinar available free OnDemand

BY BBI International Biodiesel Magazine's 2018 Editorial Outlook Webinar, recorded Oct. 11, is available OnDemand, and registration is free of charge. Registrants are eligible for an exclusive advertising discount only available through this special offer. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

EU-28 biodiesel imports likely to increase significantly

BY UFOP Following the recent EU decision to substantially lower import duties on Argentinian biodiesel, spurred by a World Trade Organization ruling last year, imports into the EU-28 are likely to rise sharply, producing considerable shifts in the market. READ MORE

August 28, 2017

Aemetis completes enzymatic biodiesel production unit in India

BY Aemetis Inc. The Aemetis subsidiary in India, Universal Biofuels, plans to export its biodiesel to the U.S. to help make up for the shortfall in imports after duties were imposed on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel by the U.S. Department of Commerce. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

Largest US biodiesel producer responds to trade ruling

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. The U.S Department of Commerce announced its preliminary decision Aug. 22 to impose countervailing duties on biodiesel imported into the U.S. from Argentina and Indonesia. REG's CEO said this is a victory for American manufacturing and job creation. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

Commerce dept. rules in favor of US producers in trade dispute

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB Fair Trade Coalition won a preliminary countervailing duty determination from the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. Importers will be required to pay cash deposits. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

EBB: There is no reason EU should act now to lower import duties

BY The European Biodiesel Board EU member states are to decide on the European Commission's proposal to radically lower the antidumping duties on Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel imports. The European biodiesel industry warns of the dramatic impact that this decision may have. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

US commerce department extends trade investigation deadline

BY Ron KotrbaIn the ongoing biodiesel trade dispute between the U.S. and Argentina and Indonesia, the U.S. Department of Commerce has extended the deadline for making its preliminary determination on the countervailing duties claim until August. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

Sustainable palm oil certification reaches 21 percent penetration

BY Matt Rudolf, SCS Global Services In the past few years, palm oil certification under the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil standard has reached 21 percent penetration of the global market driven by consumer demand, pressure from retail buyers, and governmental actions. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

Aemetis, BP Singapore sign 3-year biodiesel supply contract

BY Aemetis Inc. California-based Aemetis Inc. announced that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has signed a three-year biofuels supply agreement with BP Singapore Pte Ltd., the regional trading arm of BP Plc, which has an expanding biofuels portfolio. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Steckel testifies on Indonesian imports at trade deficit hearing

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB testified last week in a hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce on significant biodiesel trade deficits with Indonesia. The hearing was held in response to an executive order calling for an omnibus report on significant trade deficits. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Aemetis wins biodiesel supply contract with India gov't oil cos.

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc.'s Universal Biofuels subsidiary has won its first contract to supply biodiesel to the India government-owned Oil Marketing Companies in a public tender process. The supply contract is worth about $6 million, according to the company. READ MORE

May 05, 2017

US moves one step closer to tariffs on biodiesel imports

BY Ron KotrbaThe USITC announced May 5 it has made unanimous affirmative determinations in its preliminary phase antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, meaning the investigation will move forward. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

US biodiesel industry testifies on illegal trading at ITC hearing

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. Commerce Department announced April 13 initiation of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. U.S. producers testified on the same date to the International Trade Commission. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

Spectro Scientific granted US, Australian patents

BY Spectro Scientific Spectro Scientific was awarded U.S. patent 9,448,112 B2 for a method to measure two key vehicle fluids. The patent for multifunctional fluid meter and method for measuring coolant, biodiesel, gas-ethanol and DEF has also been granted in Australia. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

Groups take predictable sides as US biodiesel trade war develops

BY Ron KotrbaJust hours after the NBB filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition claiming Argentine and Indonesian companies violate trade laws by flooding the U.S. with dumped biodiesel, other groups began taking sides in the developing trade war. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

US biodiesel group seeks duties on Argentine, Indonesian imports

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition March 23, making the case that Argentine and Indonesian companies are violating trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped and subsidized biodiesel. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

Portuguese biodiesel firm develops new palm oil extraction tech

BY Ron KotrbaPortuguese biodiesel plant manufacturer IncBio has developed a new crude palm oil extraction technology that the company says can achieve an oil extraction rate of more than 25 percent, thereby increasing oil extraction by an additional 25 percent. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

2 Singapore firms buy former Delta American Fuel biodiesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaTwo Singapore-based companies, Agritrade Resources Ltd. and Solfuels Holdings Pte Ltd., have jointly acquired the former Delta American Fuel LLC biodiesel plant in Helena, Arkansas. The facility will be retrofitted with multifeedstock technology. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

EU court annuls tariffs against Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaThe General Court of the European Union has annulled antidumping measures imposed three years ago on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports. The court made its ruling Sept. 15 in five separate judgements addressing cases brought by six companies. READ MORE

August 02, 2016

New Zealand's first commercial biodiesel plant prepares to open

BY Ron KotrbaZ Energy, a $26 million biodiesel processing facility in New Zealand, has begun the commissioning phase at its 5.3 MMgy plant in Wiri, Auckland. On Aug. 2, the company received its first feedstock delivery. Production is expected by month's end. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

Record year in store as June biodiesel imports highest since 2013

BY Will Martin On June 29, the Ardmore Seahawk delivered its second load of Argentine biodiesel to Jacksonville, Florida. The shipment of1.47 million gallons capped off an unusually active June in what is shaping up to be an unusually active year for imports. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

Australian govt. supports development of Queensland biorefinery

BY The Australian Renewable Energy Agency The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is providing $2.4 million for Southern Oil Refining to develop and construct a biocrude and biofuel laboratory in Queensland. The project will inform the feasibility of a biojet and renewable diesel biorefinery. READ MORE

June 15, 2016

Cathay Pacific planes fueled by Amyris in 2-year biojet contract

BY Amyris Inc. International airline company Cathay Pacific began a two-year program of flights from Toulouse to Hong Kong using Amyris/Total Biojet fuel. All of Cathay's upcoming A350-900 aircraft deliveries over the next two years will use the renewable jet fuel. READ MORE