July 10, 2018
News Release 18-085
Inv. No(s). 701-TA-582 and 731-TA-1377 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Ripe Olives from Spain Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

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

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the negative.  Commissioner Jason E. Kearns did not participate in these investigations.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from Spain.

The Commission’s public report Ripe Olives from Spain (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-582 and 731-TA-1377 (Final), USITC Publication 4805, July 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available by August 14, 2018; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.

Washington, DC 20436


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

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.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final 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 Hearing Date:  Thursday, May 24, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Tuesday, July 10, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2017:

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 2017:

1.   Subject imports:  $76.3 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.  Leading import sources:  Spain, Morocco.


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

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