Last week, in response to the People’s Republic of China’s issuance of the preliminary sampling results and related issues pursuant to the antidumping and countervailing duty cases against the U.S. distillers dried grain (DDG) industry, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Assn. (RFA) sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging his Administration to take swift action to “mount an aggressive defense of our access to the Chinese livestock feed market.”
In less than a week, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Commerce contacted the appropriate Chinese officials to express their concern over the process and sampling methodology utilized in selecting U.S. companies for participation in the antidumping and countervailing duty cases.
Following the decisive response, Growth Energy and RFA praised the Administration for action to defend the U.S. DDG industry.
Tom Buis, co-chair of Growth Energy, noted, “I would like to commend President Obama and his Administration for taking immediate action to protect the U.S distillers grains industry. The simple fact is that there is no reason the People’s Republic of China should file a case like this; it is counterproductive, disrupts trade and produces uncertainty throughout the domestic ethanol industry. Growth Energy and its members are grateful for the position this Administration has taken to ensure that unnecessary trade restrictions such as this antidumping and countervailing duty case are resolved as quickly as possible.”
“I congratulate and appreciate the Administration for getting involved in this crucial issue,” RFA president and chief executive officer Bob Dinneen said, adding that he is glad USTR and DOC "are recognizing the urgent need to address our concerns. I look forward to a quick resolution of these cases and returning to fair trade of the U.S. distillers dried grains industry.”