EU requires registration of Argentine, Indonesian imports

By Ron Kotrba | May 01, 2013

In April the European Commission published Regulation 330/2013 making Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports subject to registration after antisubsidy and antidumping complaints launched by the European Biodiesel Board last year. This decision supports the arguments drawn by the European biodiesel industry that policy-based differential export taxes (DETs) play a distortive role in international trade. The commission regulation indicates that it has at its disposal sufficient prima facie evidence that imports of the product concerned from the countries are being subsidized through a system of DETs. In both countries concerned, an export tax is charged on the raw material, at rates that are higher than those charged on the export of biodiesel. This approach, according to the EBB, effectively obliges the producers of the raw material to sell on the domestic market, thus depressing prices and artificially reducing the costs of the biodiesel producers. With respect to blends, importers are now required, by the regulation published, to indicate to customs the proportion of the total content of biodiesel in the blends, for subsequent registration. The registration measures will remain in force for the next nine months, meanwhile investigations will continue to establish provisional and definitive duties against both dumped and subsidized imports from these two countries.

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