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Initiation of Antidumping Duty Investigation on Imports of

Certain Orange Juice from Brazil

On February 8, the Department of Commerce announced its decision to initiate an antidumping duty investigation on imports of certain orange juice from Brazil.

Next Steps:  On or about March 7, t he U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to issue its preliminary determination as to whether the domestic industry is materially injured, or is threatened with material injury, as a result of imports of subject merchandise from Brazil.   Should the ITC make an affirmative preliminary determination, the Department would then be scheduled to make its preliminary determination in June 2005.

Petitioners:  The petition requesting this investigation was filed on December 27, 2004, by Florida Citrus Mutual; A. Duda & Sons (doing business as Citrus Belle); Citrus World, Inc.; Peace River Citrus Products, Inc.,1 and Southern Garden Citrus Processing Corp. (doing business as Southern Gardens).

Determination of Industry Support:   Based on analysis of the data collected from responses to the Department's industry support questionnaire, we determined that the petitioners have demonstrated industry support representing 57.86 percent of the production of oranges for processing and certain orange juice, well above the threshold required by the statute.

Product Description:   The merchandise covered by this investigation is certain orange juice for transport and/or further manufacturing, produced in two different forms: 1) frozen orange juice in a highly concentrated form, sometimes referred to as frozen concentrated orange juice for further manufacturing (FCOJM); and 2) pasteurized single-strength orange juice which has not been concentrated, referred to as Not-From-Concentrate (NFC).

Existing Antidumping Orders:  There is an existing antidumping duty order on frozen concentrated orange juice (FCOJ) from Brazil.   Therefore, the scope of this investigation with regard to FCOJM covers only FCOJM produced and/or exported by those companies that were excluded or revoked from the existing antidumping order on FCOJ from Brazil as of December 27, 2004.   Those companies are:   Cargill Citrus Limitada; Citrosuco Paulista S.A.; Coopercitrus Industrial Frutesp; Frutropic S.A., Montecitrus Industria e Comercio Limitada; and Sucocitrico Cutrale S.A.   

Initiated Dumping Margins:

COUNTRY

MARGIN

BRAZIL

24.12-60.29%


Case Calendar:

EVENT

AD INVESTIGATION

Petition Filed

December 27, 2004

DOC Initiation Date

February 7, 2005

ITC Preliminary Determination

March 7, 2005

DOC Preliminary Determination*

June 27, 2005

DOC Final Determination*

September 12, 2005

ITC Final Determination**

November 3, 2005

Issuance of Order***

November 10, 2005

* These deadlines may be extended under the governing statute.

**   This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative determination from the Department of Commerce.

*** This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations by both the Department and the ITC.

Import Statistics:

 

2002

2003

Jan-Nov 2003

Jan-Nov 2004

Volume (liters)

446,649,835

876,398,111

809,940,730

572,606,633

Value ($US)

$74,366,862

$158,041,309

$149,251,995

$93,899,886

Source:   U.S. ITC Trade DataWeb for HTS categories 20091100, 20091225, 20091245, and 20091900

1 Peace River Citrus Products, Inc. withdrew as a petitioner in this proceeding on January 31, 2005.

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