Latin America

January 31, 2018

European biodiesel industry welcomes antisubsidy investigation

BY The European Biodiesel Board Following an EBB complaint, the EU Commission initiated an antisubsidy investigation Jan. 31 targeting subsidized Argentine biodiesel exports. Since September when EU tariffs were reduced, Argentina shipped 600,000-plus tons of biodiesel to the EU. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Brazil's president signs national biofuels policy into law

BY Erin Voegele Brazilian President Michel Temer has approved legislation creating RenovaBio, a new national biofuels policy. The law was published in the official federal gazette of Brazil on Dec. 26. The Brazilian Senate approved the bill Dec. 12. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Brazil’s Senate passes bill creating a national biofuels policy

BY Ron KotrbaBrazil's Senate approved a bill Dec. 12 creating a national biofuels policy, RenovaBio, to increase use of biodiesel and ethanol, in addition to other biofuels, to improve the nation's energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 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 31, 2017

NBB on US negotiations with Argentina: Market distortion must end

BY The National Biodiesel Board Ahead of a meeting Nov. 1 between the U.S. and Argentine governments on biodiesel imports, the National Biodiesel Board's CEO Donnell Rehagen said unless Argentina puts an end to its harmful differential export taxes, there is nothing to negotiate. 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 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

October 06, 2017

As Argentine imports loom, France's Saipol cuts biodiesel output

BY Ron KotrbaMajor French biodiesel producer Saipol, a subsidiary of Avril, is cutting biodiesel production and rapeseed crushing activities in the wake of a recent decision by the EU to drastically lower antidumping duties on Argentine biodiesel imports. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

EU biodiesel industry to launch antisubsidy case vs. Argentina

BY The European Biodiesel Board The European Biodiesel Board is preparing to launch an antisubsidy case against Argentinean biodiesel imports, following the recent decision by the European Union to significantly lower the antidumping duties for the country. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

French, German oilseed farmers ask EU to protect biodiesel market

BY FOP, UFOP French and German oilseed farmer organizations say the European Commission cannot propose a reduction of EU biofuel production from biomass driven by environmental issues while widely opening its markets to imported biodiesel and GMO protein meal. 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

September 11, 2017

EU vote to lower Argentine biodiesel duties prompts add'l action

BY Ron KotrbaAccording to information provided by the European Biodiesel Board, only six countries voted in favor of the proposal, while 10 voted against it and 12 abstained. EU ag and biodiesel groups are joining forces on antisubsidy measures against Argentina. 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

July 10, 2017

US biodiesel fair trade coalition files new claim in imports case

BY The National Biodiesel Board The critical circumstances provision in antidumping and countervailing duties laws allows for imposition of duties on imports that enter the U.S. prior to preliminary determinations of subsidization and dumping. NBB filed a new claim on this basis. READ MORE

June 29, 2017

US biodiesel group seeks more options to curb Argentine imports

BY Ron KotrbaThe NBB can make a request for a finding of critical circumstances. If granted, this would allow the U.S. government to retroactively impose duties on imports up to 90 days prior to the commerce department's preliminary determinations. 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

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

May 03, 2017

US biodiesel production up slightly, imports spike in February

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. biodiesel production in February was up 1 million gallons from January, according to EIA data. Combined U.S. imports of biodiesel and renewable diesel totaled more than 33.43 million gallons, up more than 50 percent over January's imports. 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 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 26, 2017

Newport Biodiesel provides B20 for ocean voyage ending in Cuba

BY The National Biodiesel Board On Feb. 21, the 200-foot Sailing School Vessel Oliver Hazard Perry took on 6,000 gallons of B20 provided by a local biodiesel producer at Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island, beginning its voyage from New England to Florida and then on to Cuba in March. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

Peru imposes stiff antidumping duties on Argentine biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaPeru announced Oct. 26 its imposition of antidumping duties on Argentine biodiesel, citing important domestic industry damage from cheap imported product. The duties range from roughly 41 to 64 cents per gallon, depending on the exporting company. 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

July 19, 2016

Biodiesel catalyst supplier commissions L-lysine plant in Brazil

BY Ron KotrbaSpecialty chemicals company and biodiesel catalyst supplier Evonik Industries AG has commissioned a new fermentation plant in Brazil to produce 80,000 metric tons of its Biolys-branded L-lysine, an amino acid used as an animal feed additive. READ MORE