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ABFA Disappointed in Anti-Dumping Finding on Biodiesel Imports  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Washington, D.C. – The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) and our members are disappointed in the Department of Commerce’s initial finding regarding the antidumping petition filed by the National Biodiesel Board with respect to trade issues surrounding the importation of Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel. We are particularly concerned by Commerce’s application of critical conditions in this matter, which will retroactively and unfairly punish biodiesel importers who have complied with all laws and U.S. standards in their business.

Michael McAdams, President of ABFA, said regarding the Department of Commerce’s findings, “I am surprised by the result on Indonesian biodiesel, as the U.S. has yet to import a single gallon of Indonesian biodiesel in 2017. How has Indonesia caused damage if we are not importing any fuel? As for Argentina, we believe that the Department of Commerce was incorrect in its finding in this matter. We also have concerns that these proceedings may stir up controversy with countries in Latin America with whom we have good relationships.”

McAdams continued, “This overreaching decision will cost American consumers. Fuel provided from ocean-going trade is far cheaper for coastal communities than Midwest products transported via rail. We believe that the federal government is capable of finding a better resolution to this issue that will benefit all countries involved, as well as both producers and American consumers. The good news is that this initial finding is just one step in the decision-making process. ABFA’s members will continue to engage with the Department of Commerce and ITC to contest this ruling.”

The National Association of Truckstop Operators (NATSO) joins ABFA in our concerns about this finding:

“Any outcome that results in cutting off Americans’ access to cleaner burning fuels, such as biodiesel, from foreign markets is a bad day for the United States,” said David Fialkov, Vice President of Government Relations at the National Association of Truckstop Operators (NATSO).

“First, it will raise fuel prices in the U.S. If American businesses can no longer import biodiesel from Argentina, that product will likely flow to Europe or into vegetable oil markets. Cutting off supply in this manner will cause a surge in domestic biodiesel prices, which will in turn result in higher retail prices for diesel fuel. This, of course, leads to higher shipping costs and ultimately higher costs for all consumer goods that are transported by truck in the United States.

“Second, cutting off foreign supplies of biodiesel and renewable diesel would substantially disrupt the Renewable Fuel Standard, threatening our ability to satisfy advanced biofuel mandates established by EPA every year. This is exactly the wrong time to undercut a program that has largely been successful.”

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