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Murray Urges Commerce Secretary to Promote Fair Market for Apple Juice Concentrate

Oct 08 2002

Letter urges 'reevaluation' of Department's preliminary decision to eliminate antidumping duties

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In response to a preliminary decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce that would eliminate antidumping duties on Chinese apple juice concentrate, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today wrote to Secretary of Commerce, Donald Evans, urging the promotion of a fair U.S. market for apple juice concentrate.

Two years ago, the Department of Commerce imposed antidumping duties of up to 52 percent on imports of apple juice concentrate from the People's Republic of China. The Department acted after the U.S. International Trade Commission found that dumped Chinese concentrate was hurting the U.S. industry.

This trade remedy has been the primary line of defense for U.S. apple juice concentrate producers and apple growers against a flood of dumped apple juice concentrate from China.

"We believe the current antidumping duties imposed on imports of apple juice concentrate from the People's Republic of China are critical to restoring a competitive U.S. apple juice market," Murray and her colleagues wrote in the letter. "We urge the Department to reevaluate its preliminary decision using more accurate cost of production estimates and to use its authority to restore and ensure a fair market for apple juice."

As a matter of its discretion, the Department of Commerce calculated the cost of production of foreign concentrate producers using a method that resulted in a lower and inaccurate figure.

If the Commerce Department does not change its preliminary determination when it makes its final decision in November, all of the antidumping duties collected by the U.S. Customs Service from November 1999 to June 2001 will be refunded to the Chinese exporters with interest.