US delays decision on investigation of biodiesel imports from Argentina, Indonesia


The US Department of Commerce will delay its preliminary decision on a antidumping investigation of the pricing of Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel exported to the US, according to a notice in the Federal Register published Monday.

The department will issue its findings no later than August 21, according to the notice. Under the federal regulations, the preliminary decision was due by June 16.

However, the biodiesel trade group and domestic biodiesel producers that filed the original petition asked that it be delayed. Regulations allow for the delay, but the preliminary decision must be made no later than 130 days after the date the investigations began -- April 12.

The National Biodiesel Board and several domestic producers in March filed a petition alleging that Argentinian biodiesel exporters benefit from subsidized feedstock costs, and that Indonesia provides billions of dollars in subsidies to its biodiesel producers.

That gives imports from those countries a cost advantage in the US market, the petition states.

Representatives of producers from the two countries dispute the allegations, saying the rise in US imports is the result of the US government's 2 billion gallon blending requirement for biodiesel.

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