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The UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) has proposed that existing anti-dumping measures on imports of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) biodiesel should continue while measures on imports of hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO) biodiesel should be removed.

In its 15 December statement, the TRA said the current measures on FAME should continue for an additional five years.

The TRA said the move would mean that the UK’s FAME sector would continue to be protected from dumping and subsidised biodiesel from the USA, including from deliveries via Canada, while HVO imports from these countries could benefit the UK’s agricultural and transport industries.

If the FAME measures were removed, government-subsidised producers in the USA would be likely to dump FAME biodiesel in the UK in the future, according to the TRA.

“The TRA’s findings on biofuels show how we can tailor existing measures to better suit the UK economy,” TRA chief executive Oliver Griffiths said. “Our proposals would ensure that British biodiesel producers continue to be protected from unfair international competition from subsidised US products, while helping to drive down prices for users of a type of biodiesel that is not made in the UK.”

Following the end of a 30-day period for comments, the TRA said it would finalise its considerations, which would then be sent to the secretary of state for International Trade who would make the final decision.

An independent UK body, the TRA is the first non-departmental public body of the Department for International Trade that investigates if trade remedy measures are needed to counter unfair import practices and unexpected surges of imports.