The United States Department of Commerce (DOC) initiated a new Anti-Dumping Duty and Countervailing Duty investigation May 14, 2019, to determine if dried tart cherries from Turkey were being imported into the U.S. at less than fair market value.
The investigation is based on petitions filed by the dried tart cherry trade committee.
Scope Of The Case
The scope of the case includes dried tart cherries also known as dried sour cherries or dried red tart cherries. It also includes partially rehydrated dried tart cherries that retain the character of dried fruit. Further, it includes dried tart cherries that are mixed with non-subject products, such as a mixture of fruits, dried fruits and nuts. For more information you can access the fact sheet for the case here.
Alleged Dumping Margins
The alleged dumping margins range between 347.24% to 648.35%.
The petition alleged there were 29 subsidy programs, which include tax benefits, export financing programs, investment incentives, land and regional development subsidies, and agricultural programs and grants.
What Is Next?
Both the DOC and the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) will conduct separate investigations into whether the allegations the goods are being dumped onto the U.S. market at less than fair market value exists.
The preliminary determination from the ITC is expected on or before June 7, 2019. If they find the injury to domestic industry exists then commerces investigation will continue, with preliminary CVD determination due on July 17, 2019 and preliminary AD determination due on September 30, 2019, unless extensions are requested.
If the DOC determines the dumping and subsidization is occurring it will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to start collecting AD/CVD duties on imports of dried tart cherries from Turkey.
Final determinations from the DOC are set for September 30, 2019, where CVD is concerned and December 16, 2019, where AD is concerned.