URGENT - Response to China Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Actions on U.S. Sorghum Imports
In order to assist needed exporter actions related to China’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Actions on U.S. Sorghum Imports, NAEGA is cooperating with the U.S. Grains Council and National Sorghum Producers to provide for timely, consistent and coordinated responses and information sharing.
All interested exporters should contact NAEGA immediately in order be included in this effort.
Background: This action comes against the backdrop of a number trade cases currently underway or recently completed between the U.S. and China, including steel, washing machines, solar panels and intellectual property.
On Sunday, February 4 the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China self-initiated trade remedy actions on imported sorghum originating in the United States. The actions by the Bureau of Trade Relief are detailed in Notice 2018 No. 12 re: Article 18 of the "Anti-Dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China” and the "Anti-subsidy Regulations of the People's Republic of China". Preliminary duties have been identified and are expected to be applied in a few months. The Ministry will now investigate over the next year whether the U.S. government subsidizes sorghum farmers, allowing exporters to sell into the Chinese market at a loss.
The included request for exporter registration by February 24 results in a need for immediate action.