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ePure files complaint over US ethanol imports via Norway

March 13, 2014

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) filed a complaint in January with the European Commission (EC)’s office of complaints aimed at stopping the circumvention of European Union (EU) anti-dumping duties on fuel ethanol.

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) filed a complaint in January with the European Commission (EC)’s office of complaints aimed at stopping the circumvention of European Union (EU) anti-dumping duties on fuel ethanol.

“Following the EU’s imposition of anti-dumping duties on imported US fuel ethanol in February 2013, a new pattern of trade from the USA to Europe has developed,” ePure said in a news release. “US exporters are now exporting substantial volumes of fuel ethanol to Norway; Norwegian imports from the USA have multiplied by 10 times in just one year.”
ePure said that as a result of this new trade pattern, Norway had become one of the top export destinations of US fuel ethanol.
In parallel, fuel ethanol exports from Norway to the EU had also increased substantially, mainly in the form of fuel ethanol/gasoline blends (E48). These imports were made at price levels significantly undercutting the price of EU fuel ethanol.

“Such price levels indicate that dumping is still occurring.”

ePure said that the new pattern of trade, which started immediately after the imposition of the EU duties on US fuel ethanol imports, was a sign of a circumvention practice.
On 5 February, ePURE also warned the EC in a press release of surging ethanol imports from Peru since the entering into force of the free trade agreement in August 2013.
“Peru is taking advantage of the elimination of import duties on ethanol by ramping up its exports to the EU,” ePure said. “Official data reveals that exports from Peru between January and October 2013 have more than tripled to over 93M litres compared to 27M litres during the same period in 2012. This surge has occurred in just three months immediately following the removal of import duties. The figure can be expected to be substantially larger once trade data for the entire year becomes available.”

In the meantime, Peru was substituting the missing volumes to meet domestic demand with cheap ethanol imports from the USA, ePure said.
“Trade data shows that 84M litres of ethanol were imported from the USA between January and October 2013 which is a clear sign that bilateral trade agreements can create loopholes of which other countries can take advantage.”


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