The European Commission (EC) has proposed restoring anti-subsidy duties against Argentine biodiesel imports after large amounts of cheap South American biodiesel being brought into the EU has threatened its industry, according to an EU document seen by Reuters.

The plan follows an investigation requested by EU biodiesel producers, who have been hit hard by foreign imports after the EU scrapped duties in 2017 following a World Trade Organization ruling in favour of Argentina.

The EC had decided in September not to reinstate provisional import tariffs on Argentine even though it considered the imports as a threat to the European industry, saying it needed to collect further information.

The proposal needs to be approved by EU member states, the 3 December Reuters report said.