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Final Determination of the Antidumping Duty Investigations of
Honey from Argentina and the People's Republic of China; Final Determination of the Countervailing Duty Investigation of
Honey from Argentina

On September 27, Commerce announced its final determinations in the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of honey from Argentina and the People's Republic of China. We found that imports of honey from Argentina and the People's Republic of China are being sold in the United States at less than fair value. We also found that exports/producers of honey from Argentina have received countervailable subsidies from the Government of Argentina.

These investigations were initiated on October 26, 2000. The period of investigation for Argentina is July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000 The period of investigation for the People's Republic of China is January 1, 2000 through June 30, 2000.


The American Honey Producers Association and the Sioux Honey Association.

Case Calendar

Petitions Filed: September 29, 2000

ITA Preliminary Determination (CVD): March 5, 2001

ITA Preliminary Determinations (AD): May 4, 2001

ITA Final Determinations (Public Release): September 27, 2001

ITC Final Determination (estimated): November 9, 2001*

Orders, (if ITC determination is affirmative): November 16, 2001*

* Estimated: Since the Department has made affirmative final determinations, the ITC must make final injury determinations within 45 days after our final determinations in these investigations.

Product Description

The merchandise subject to these investigations is honey. The technical language describing the scope of these investigations will be included in the notice of initiation which will be published in the Federal Register.

Possible Suspension Agreements with Argentina

Although we had initialed agreements suspending the countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations, we did not finalize these agreements.

Margins: Final Determination

Country Manufacturer/
Weighted-Average Producer/Exporter
Margin Percentages

Argentina (AD)* ACA 38.71

Radix 32.56

ConAgra 60.67

All Others Rate 36.59

Argentina (CVD) Country-Wide 4.53 ad valorem(1)

People's Republic of China Inner Mongolia 57.13

Kunshan 49.75

Zhejiang 25.88

High Hope 45.51

Shanghai Eswell 45.51

Anhui 45.51

Henan 45.51

PRC-wide Entity 183.80

* The antidumping duty cash deposit rates for Argentinian exporters will be reduced by the amount of the export subsidy found in the countervailing duty investigation mentioned above.

Volume and Value of Imports

1997 1998 1999 2000
Quantity (metric tons) 48,591 31,546 41,586 45,035
Value ($ thousands) $74,106 $39,159 $40,858 $42,882

1997 1998 1999 2000
Quantity (metric tons) 11,475 13,868 23,143 29,969
Value ($ thousands) $18,512 $16,991 $21,268 $37,822

1. . The Department found a final subsidy rate of 4.53 percent. However, due to the fact that a benefit under a subsidy program increased after the period of investigation, we have assigned a cash deposit rate of 5.85 percent.

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