SA lemon juice to be hit with penalties in US after complaint


Rudi Richards, normal supervisor of the SA Fruit Juice Affiliation (SAFJA) says they’re very disenchanted with the possible end result of the fee’s determination.

A few 12 months in the past, the US Worldwide Commerce Fee launched an investigation into allegations of “dumping” of lemon juice imported from SA and Brazil.The fee now needs anti-dumping duties imposed on SA lemon juice following an investigation.The SA Fruit Juice Affiliation has expressed disappointment. For extra monetary information, go to the News24 Enterprise entrance web page.The US Worldwide Commerce Fee (USITC) intends to difficulty an order imposing anti-dumping duties on lemon juice imported from South Africa and Brazil.The company advises the US authorities on commerce issues and intends to launch a report primarily based on its investigation by early March this 12 months.The USITC introduced on Monday that it had accomplished an investigation, which indicated that lemon juice imports from SA and Brazil both are materially injuring the US market or pose a menace of doing so, as a result of being bought at less-than-fair worth.Dumping happens when merchandise from one nation are bought out of the country for lower than what they value within the home market from the place the merchandise originated, flooding the overseas market with costs which might be thought of unfair.Rudi Richards, normal supervisor of the SA Fruit Juice Affiliation (SAFJA), says the organisation may be very disenchanted with the US fee’s determination. “We have to anticipate the ultimate report back to be launched as we have no idea what they determined intimately, for instance, the responsibility charges,” Richards informed News24 on Tuesday. 

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In keeping with obtainable information from the SAFJA, in 2020, SA exported lemon focus to the worth of $8.8 million (R151 million) to the US.SA exports represented about 6% of US lemon juice imports that 12 months.In December 2021, Ventura Coastal, a California-based producer of customised blends of citrus fruit juices, pulp, oils, and purees, lodged a criticism with the USITC. Ventura Coastal has beforehand introduced related complaints of dumping towards Argentinian and Mexican imports. In February 2022, the fee decided that there was “an affordable indication that the US trade is materially injured” by imports of lemon juice from SA and Brazil. Since that was solely a preliminary determination pending the completion of an investigation, exports of lemon juice from SA may proceed, pending the result. The investigation associated to lemon juice not from focus and concentrated lemon juice. The investigation didn’t cowl lemon juice packed in retail-sized containers or drinks containing 20% or much less lemon juice.Lemon juice is primarily used as an ingredient in drinks, notably lemonade. Different makes use of embrace retail gross sales for residence use and non-food merchandise comparable to family cleaners.