In a statement, the Argentine Biodiesel Chamber (CARBIO) emphatically rejected accusations of alleged dumping in Argentine biodiesel exports to the United States submitted by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) to the US Department of Commerce. This action by the NBB puts forward argumentation already dismissed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) ignoring Argentine more efficient biodiesel production.
In response to National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) petition submitted to the US Department of Commerce (DOC) March 23, the Argentine Biodiesel Chamber (Cámara Argentina de Biocombustibles – CARBIO) issued a statement that emphatically rejected accusations of alleged dumping in Argentine biodiesel exports to the United States.
According to CARBIO, this action by the NBB puts forward argumentation already dismissed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) ignoring Argentine more efficient biodiesel production. Such arguments also run counter to international trade law as already established by several international rulings.
As recently as 2016, the WTO rejected similar accusations in a dispute brought by the Government of Argentina against the European Union (EU). The WTO confirmed the illegality of the European anti-dumping measures against Argentine biodiesel, forcing the EU to revise its anti-dumping measure. Also, last year, the European General Court adopted a ruling annulling a measure similar to the one requested now by the US biodiesel industry.
We are surprised by the unsustained petition by the NBB, given that its final aim is to maintain its highly inefficient biodiesel production facilities. We are the main foreign biodiesel supplier to US transport. Therefore, blocking Argentine imports with countervailing duties would harm consumers through the increase in fuel prices in the US. Also, it would increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions given that Argentine biodiesel is highly competitive and environmentally friendly, said Luis Zubizarreta, Chairman of CARBIO.
Biodiesel is the main export product to the US, representing US$1.24 billion in 2016 accounting for 2.1 percent of Argentina’s total exports. CARBIO will work in close collaboration with the Government of Argentina in order to avoid the “adoption of unjustified protectionist measures”.