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ABFA Responds to Ongoing International Trade Probe and Tax Legislation  

Friday, May 5, 2017

In response to the ongoing probe into biodiesel imported from Argentina and Indonesia as well as new tax legislation, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has issued the following statement attributable to Michael McAdams, ABFA President.

“ABFA anticipated today’s result from the ITC, as the legal threshold for moving these types of cases forward is such that they are almost always successful in reaching the second stage. During this stage, the ITC will begin to examine the data which we believe will show that no dumping took place and that no countervailing duties are justified.

In addition to filing the trade case targeting Argentina and Indonesia, the National Biodiesel Board also had tax legislation introduced last night which would discourage the importation of international biodiesel by making these fuels less competitive in the U.S. marketplace. These actions are in direct opposition to the manner in which the EPA set up the current RFS system. The RFS was designed to provide a balance of supply and competition to protect consumers from high prices and shortages of supply. This is not putting America first, it’s special interest protectionism.

Our members will continue to work closely to seek the proper outcome in the pending trade case and as well as to protect our producers, customers, and the future of the RFS program.”

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