An investigation aimed at extending anti-dumping and countervailing measures - known as B99 measures - on US biodiesel imports, was launched by the European Commission on 14 September.

The move followed a request from the European Biodiesel Board (EBB) on 11 June 2020 on behalf of the European biodiesel industry for an extension of the B99 duties for an additional five years to protect the industry from what it claims is ‘unfairly subsidised’ US biodiesel.

“The EBB aims to ensure a level playing on the European market. This implies we will request duties for subsidised biodiesel entering the EU, such as in the case for US exports to Europe,” said EBB president Kristell Guizouarn.

The notices of initiation published in the EU Official Journal on 14 September confirmed that sufficient evidence of a likelihood and injury existed to justify the review.

Existing duties would remain in place during the investigation period which was expected to last around a year.

The EBB launched its original B99 complaint in 2008, which resulted in the imposition of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures for five years, starting in July 2009.

Duties were then circumvented via Canada, which led to the imposition of anti-circumvention measures in 2011. These duties were extended for five years in 2015.

With 60 members across 21 member states, the EBB represents around 75% of European output of biodiesel.