The US International Court of Commerce It has contradicted the decision of the Commerce Department of this country to impose tariffs of 35% on imports of black table olives from Spain, in force since August 2018, according to a judicial document published on its website.
The court, based in New York, recalled in a document issued last Friday that the Association of Exporters and Industrialists of Table Olives; Guadalquivir olives; Agro Sevilla Olives and Angel Camacho Food filed a lawsuit against the US Government. for introducing those charges.
The court document explains that the case is about the claims of the US domestic olive industry. that the governments of the European Union (EU) and Spain “have unfairly subsidized” the Spanish sector, which exported its products to US territory “to the detriment of the US industrial”
However, the court has considered the criteria applied by the US Department of Commerce. It is “an arbitrary deviation from past practices and therefore does not agree with the law” and gives you a period of 90 days to provide documents.
In 2018, the US Department of Commerce imposed tariffs on Spanish black olives of 34.75%, of which 20% corresponded to the “anti-dumping” procedure and the remaining 14.75% to subsidies.
At this moment, the decision of the Trade Organization (WTO) on the legality or not of the US decision is pending.
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body agreed last June, at the request of the EU, the establishment of a panel to investigate countervailing and anti-dumping measures imposed in 2018 by the US. to black olives from Spain.