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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Organic Soybean Meal from India

May 14, 2021
News Release 21-067
Inv. No. 701-TA-667 and 731-TA-1559 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Organic Soybean Meal from India

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of organic soybean meal from India that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chair Jason E. Kearns, Vice Chair Randolph J. Stayin, and Commissioners David S. Johanson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue its investigations of imports of organic soybean meal from India, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about June 24, 2021, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about September 7, 2021.

The Commission’s public report Organic Soybean Meal from India (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-667 and 731-TA-1559 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5198, May 2021) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after June 14, 2021; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Organic Soybean Meal from India
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-667 and 731-TA-1559 (Preliminary)

Product Description:   The merchandise subject to these investigations is certified organic soybean meal. Certified organic soybean meal results from the mechanical pressing of certified organic soybeans into ground products known as soybean cake, soybean chips, or soybean flakes, with or without oil residues. Certified organic soybean meal is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) or equivalently certified to NOP standards or NOP-equivalent standards under an existing organic equivalency or recognition agreement. Certified organic soybean meal subject to this investigation has a protein content of 34 percent or higher.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Organic Soybean Processors of America, Washington D.C.; American Natural Processors, LLC, Dakota Dunes, SD; Organic Production Services, LLC, Weldon, NC; Professional Proteins Ltd., Washington, IA; Sheppard Grain Enterprises, LLC, Phelps, NY; Simmons Grain Co., Salem, OH; Super Soy, LLC, Brodhead, WI; and Tri-State Crush, Syracuse, IN.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, May 14, 2021.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, May 17, 2021.

U.S. Industry in 2020:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  10.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Iowa, Ohio, California, New York, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois.
3.   Production and related workers:  [1]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  1
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2020:

1.   Subject imports:  1
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  India.

 

[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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