DOC Issues Final Determinations in AD/CVD Cases on Canadian Hogs
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) today announced the final determinations in the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of live swine from Canada. In the countervailing duty investigation, DOC found that countervailable subsidies are not being provided to producers or exporters of live swine from Canada. In the antidumping duty investigation, DOC issued an affirmative determination, finding that producers/exporters have sold live swine from Canada in the U.S. market at less than fair value, with margins ranging from 0.53% (de minimis) to 18.87%. The dumping margins on the mandatory respondents were as follows:
Hytek = 0.53% (de minimis)
Excel Swine Services, Inc. = 4.64%
Ontario Pork = 12.68%
Premium Pork = 18.87%
All Others = 10.63%
DOC's final margins were less than those in the preliminary determination. In the preliminary determination, DOC found dumping margins ranging from 13.25% to 15.01%, including an "all others" rate of 14.06%. The difference in the final and preliminary margins was due to DOC's decision to reverse its earlier preliminary determination and to calculate a separate antidumping margin for Excel Swine Services (Excel). While Excel had been chosen as a mandatory respondent, in the preliminary determination DOC found that Excel was not an appropriate mandatory respondent and rescinded its selection of Excel. Based upon information provided by Excel to DOC, DOC reversed its preliminary decision and calculated a company-specific rate for Excel.
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) will now determine whether these imports have "injured" the U.S. swine industry. The ITC will hold a hearing tomorrow, March 8, with a final vote scheduled to take place on or before April 18. If the ITC affirmatively determines that imports of live swine are materially injuring, or threatening to materially injure, the domestic industry, then DOC will issue an antidumping duty order. If the ITC makes a negative injury determination, the antidumping duty investigation will be terminated.
The petitions requesting these investigations were filed by The Illinois Pork Producers Association, the Indiana Pork Advocacy Coalition, the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the Minnesota Pork Producers Association, the Missouri Pork Association, the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, Inc., the North Carolina Pork Council, Inc., the Ohio Pork Producers Council, and 119 individual producers of live swine.
Labels: Countervailing Duties