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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations On Ripe Olives from Spain

August 4, 2017
News Release 17-109
Inv. No. 701-TA-582 and 731-TA-1377 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations On Ripe Olives from Spain

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of ripe olives from Spain that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson and Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of this product from Spain, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about September 15, 2017, and its antidumping duty determination due on or about November 29, 2017.

The Commission’s public report Ripe Olives from Spain (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-582 and 731-TA-1377 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4718, August 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after September 5, 2017; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Washington, DC 20436


Ripe Olives from Spain
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-582 and 731-TA-1377 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Ripe olives are certain processed olives. Ripe olives are principally used as ingredients in pizzas, salads, and sandwiches but can also be eaten as snacks or appetizers. Ripe olives include 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. Ripe olives include 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.

Status of Proceedings:

1.     Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.     Petitioners:  Bell-Carter Foods, Walnut Creek, CA and Musco Family Olive Company, Tracy, CA.
3.     USITC Institution Date:  Thursday, June 22, 2017.
4.     USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
5.     USITC Vote Date:  Friday, August 04, 2017.
6.     USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, August 07, 2017.

U.S. Industry in 2016:

1.     Number of U.S. producers:  2.
2.     Location of producers’ plants:  California.
3.     Production and related workers:  1
4.     U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments: 1
5.     Apparent U.S. consumption:  1
6.     Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption: [1]

U.S. Imports in 2016:

1.     Subject imports:  $80.2 million.
2.     Nonsubject imports:  $25.9 million.
3.     Leading import sources:  Spain, Morocco, Portugal.


[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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