Court Decision Maintains Duties on Argentine Biodiesel

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Court of International Trade made the decision this week to uphold the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final determination in its changed circumstances review (CCR) of duties on imports of Argentine biodiesel.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) welcomed the decision. “NBB’s Fair Trade Coalition and members are grateful that the Department of Commerce stood by U.S. biodiesel producers and made the right decisions to maintain fair trade conditions,” said Kurt Kovarik, NBB’s VP of Federal Affairs. “NBB participated throughout the review to ensure the evidentiary record was current and complete. We are pleased that the court’s review supports the outcome of that process.”

The Commerce Department determined in May 2020 that there were no “changed circumstances” in Argentina’s subsidies for its biodiesel producers that would warrant changes in U.S. duty rates first imposed in early 2018 and the Court found that determination was “reasonably determined and supported by substantial evidence.”

Biodiesel, Exports, NBB, Trade