Commerce Department Maintains Duties on Argentine Biodiesel

May 07, 2020

The Department of Commerce has decided to maintain existing countervailing and antidumping duties on biodiesel from Argentina, the final determination in its "changed circumstances review" of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on imports of Argentine biodiesel. Commerce determined that there are no "changed circumstances" that would warrant changes in U.S. duty rates. As a result, the rates on biodiesel imports from Argentina will remain at their current levels. ASA, National Biodiesel Board (NBB), and other interested parties pushed for maintaining the ADs and CVDs as-is and are pleased with the Department’s decision.

  • -In January 2018, following a lengthy investigation that found U.S. biodiesel producers were harmed by unfair trade practices, Commerce finalized antidumping and countervailing duty rates on Argentine biodiesel imports. The combined AD and CVD rates range from 132.72% to 157.86%.
  • -In November 2018, Commerce granted Argentina's request for a "changed circumstances" review, based on that government's alleged changes in its export tax regime.
  • -In July 2019, Commerce issued a preliminary decision that would have virtually eliminated CVD rates for Argentina's biodiesel producers, while maintaining AD rates.
  • -May 7, 2020, Commerce issued its final determination, maintaining both AD and CVD rates. The final determination will be published in the Federal Register at a later date.