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Certain Raw In-shell Pistachios and Certain Roasted In-shell Pistachios
from the Islamic Republic of Iran
Final Results of New Shipper Reviews of the Countervailing Duty Order

On Monday, January 27, the Department of Commerce announced its final results in the above-referenced new shipper reviews. We found that the respondent in these reviews, the producer, supplier and exporter of in-shell and roasted in-shell pistachios from Iran, received countervailable subsidies. The final countervailing duty rates were 23.18 percent for in-shell pistachios and 21.68 percent for roasted in-shell pistachios, and are applicable to imports produced by Maghsoudi Farms, supplied by Fallah Pistachio, and exported by Techran Negah Nima Trading Company.

Background: These new shipper reviews, covering imports entered from October 2000 through September 2001, were initiated at the request of Tehran Negah-Nima Trading Company (Nima) in 2001. The Department issued preliminary results of these reviews on September 4, 2002, finding non-use of the subsidy programs in question. The final results are based on partial adverse facts available due to Nima’s failure to fully disclose information during the course of the reviews. These same rates will be the cash deposit rates for all future imports through this supply chain. The rates noted above are lower than the rates found in the original investigation: 99.52 percent for raw in-shell pistachios and 317.89 percent for roasted in-shell pistachios, which would still apply to imports from other Iranian producers/exporters.


Countervailing Rates for Tehran Negah-Nima Trading Company:
Raw In-Shell Pistachios: 23.18 percent ad valorem
Roasted In-Shell Pistachios 21.68 percent ad valorem


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