New AD/CV Duties Sought On Sugar From Mexico
A petition filed March 28 alleges that sugar from Mexico is being dumped below cost in the U.S. market and is also benefiting from countervailable subsidies. Alleged dumping margins range from 44.88% to 62.44%. The petitioner is the American Sugar Coalition, which includes the American Sugar Cane League, the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, American Sugar Refining Inc., the Florida Sugar Cane League, the Hawaiian Commercial Sugar Company, Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers Inc., the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida and the United States Beetsugar Association.
The merchandise covered by the petition is raw and refined cane and beet sugar, in dry and liquid forms, including colored sugar, flavored sugar and blends with other sweeteners. The subject merchandise is currently classifiable in HTSUS subheadings 1701.12.10, 1701.12.50, 1701.13.05, 1701.13.10, 1701.13.20, 1701.13.50, 1701.14.05, 1701.14.10, 1701.14.20, 1701.14.50, 1701.91.05, 1701.91.10, 1701.91.30, 1701.91.42, 1701.91.44, 1701.91.48, 1701.99.05, 1701.99.10, 1701.99.50, 1702.90.05, 1702.90.10, 1702.90.20, 1702.90.35, 1702.90.40, 2106.90.42, 2106.90.44 and 2106.90.46.
The International Trade Administration and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD/CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on the subject merchandise. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact trade counsel as soon as possible.