The US International trade Commission (ITC) unanimously determined on 5 December that the US biodiesel industry has been materially injured by subsidised imports from Argentina and Indonesia.

As a result, the US Department of Commerce (DoC) would instate countervailing duties on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel import once the ITC sends a notification to that effect on 21 December, the agency said.

The final views of both the ITC and the DoC will be published in a public report by the commission, which was scheduled to be available publically by mid-January.

According to ITC’s calculations, in 2016 approximately US$2.1bn worth of biodiesel was imported into the USA, of which US$1.6bn would be subject to countervailing tariffs.

The US biodiesel association National Biodiesel Board, which initiated the countervailing duty investigation with a March petition, said in a statement it was thankful for the decision.

“This unanimous vote is important progress to addressing the harm by this unfair trade on biodiesel. US energy policy sought to create a level playing field for domestic and imported biodiesel, but foreign government subsidies have made it nearly impossible for US producers to compete,” said Donnell Rehagen, NBB CEO.

Another investigation into anti-dumping duties is still ongoing at the DoC and if the agency makes an affirmative final decision on dumping, the ITC will vote on establishing duties in early 2018, NBB said.