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US industry board urges end to ‘unfair’ EU trade duties

October 28, 2014

The US National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has filed comments with the European Commission (EC) challenging what it says are unfair trade duties that have blocked US biodiesel from being exported to Europe since July 2009. 

The US National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has filed comments with the European Commission (EC) challenging what it says are unfair trade duties that have blocked US biodiesel from being exported to Europe since July 2009. 

The NBB urged the EC to allow duties on US biodiesel to expire this year as scheduled, citing overwhelming evidence that global trade for biodiesel had changed dramatically since the duties were imposed and that continuing the duties was protectionist and unnecessary. 

European biodiesel producers were able to sell biodiesel in both Europe and the USA without duties and, at the very least, US producers should be able to take part in the European market without having to pay punitive duties, the NBB said, pointing out that: 

  • US imports of biodiesel from the EU had grown in recent years while EU imports of US biodiesel had been virtually eliminated
  • The US biodiesel tax incentive, the main reason behind the EU’s trade duties, was currently not in effect and hadn’t been for three of the past five years
  • Because it is structured as a blender’s incentive, the US biodiesel tax incentive is available to European producers when it is in effect, as well as to US producers. European imports to the USA can also qualify for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the policy that requires specific volumes of renewable fuels to be blended in the USA.

The original duties imposed by the EC in 2009 are due to expire this year but the EC is conducting an ‘expiry review’, expected to last 12-15 months over whether to reinstate them.


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