On June 21, 2017, the Coalition for Fair Trade in Ripe Olives, composed of Bell-Carter Foods and Musco Family Olive Company, filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties and countervailing duties on imports of Ripe Olives from Spain.

SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION

The products covered by this Petition are certain processed olives, usually referred to as “ripe olives.” The subject merchandise includes all colors of olives; all shapes and sizes of olives, whether pitted or not pitted, and whether whole, sliced, chopped, minced, wedged, broken, or otherwise reduced in size; all types of packaging, whether for consumer (retail) or institutional (food service) sale, and whether canned or packaged in glass, metal, plastic, multi-layered airtight containers (including pouches), or otherwise; and all manners of preparation and preservation, whether low acid or acidified, stuffed or not stuffed, with or without flavoring and/or saline solution, and including in ambient, refrigerated, or frozen conditions.

Included are all ripe olives processed in Spain, regardless of the origin of the olives or the location of packaging. Excluded from the scope are: (1) “Spanish-style” and other similar olives that have been processed by being both fermented and briefly cured in an alkaline solution; (2) olives that have been processed by fermentation only; and (3) provisionally prepared olives unsuitable for immediate consumption (currently classifiable in subheading 0711.20 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)).

The merchandise subject to this petition is currently classifiable under subheadings 2005.70.0230, 2005.70.0260, 2005.70.0430, 2005.70.0460, 2005.70.5030, 2005.70.5060, 2005.70.6020, 2005.70.6030, 2005.70.6050, 2005.70.6060, 2005.70.6070, 2005.70.7000, 2005.70.7510, 2005.70.7515, 2005.70.7520, and 2005.70.7525 HTSUS. Subject merchandise may also be imported under subheadings 2005.70.0600, 2005.70.0800, 2005.70.1200, 2005.70.1600, 2005.70.1800, 2005.70.2300, 2005.70.2510, 2005.70.2520, 2005.70.2530, 2005.70.2540, 2005.70.2550, 2005.70.2560, 2005.70.9100, 2005.70.9300, and 2005.70.9700. Although HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and US Customs purposes, they do not define the scope of the petition; rather, the written description of the subject merchandise is dispositive.

PETITIONERS

Coalition for Fair Trade in Ripe Olives Composed of Bell-Carter Foods and Musco Family Olive Company

Bell-Carter Foods, Inc. 590 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 300 Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Musco Family Olive Company 17950 Via Nicolo Rd Tracy, CA 95377

COUNSEL FOR PETITIONERS

Carolyn B. Gleason McDermott Will & Emery 500 N. Capitol St., NW Washington, DC 20001

ALLEGED DUMPING MARGIN

Spain: 84% to 232%

ALLEGED SUBSIDIES MARGIN

Countervailing Duty Petitions issued against Spain. EU and Spanish subsidies estimated at €130 million.

NAMED PRODUCERS/EXPORTERS

For a list of foreign products/exporters alleged by Petitioner, please see Attachment I.

NAMED IMPORTERS

For a list of importers alleged by Petitioner, please see Attachment II.

IMPORTS OF SUBJECT MERCHANDISE

2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Spain
Volume (KG) 26,984,582 31,784,892 31,880,353 8,095,466 6,865,797
Value (USD) 64,044,735 71,535,244 80,179,415 19,046,412 17,648,817
AUV (USD/KG) 2.37 2.25 2.52 2.35 2.57