USITC Votes to Continue Investigations of Dried Tart Cherries from Turkey

June 6, 2019
News Release 19-046
Inv. No. 701-TA-622 and 731-TA-1448 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations of Dried Tart Cherries from Turkey

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 dried tart cherries from Turkey that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

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

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning imports of this product from Turkey, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about July 17, 2019, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about September 30, 2019.

The Commission’s public report Dried Tart Cherries from Turkey (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-622 and 731-TA-1448 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4902, June 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after June 14, 2019; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Dried Tart Cherries from Turkey
Investigation Nos.: 701-TA-622 and 731-TA-1448 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Dried tart cherries are a type of processed tart cherry that is consumed directly or used in nut or dried fruit mixtures, cereals, baked goods, and other processed foods. Dried tart cherries have a tender, chewy texture, and the full flavor profile comes from the high acidity of the fresh tart cherry. Before they are dried, tart cherries are usually pitted, and can be infused with a sweetener or flavoring juice. They can be sold whole or diced, chopped, or further reduced in size.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioner:  Dried Tart Cherry Trade Committee.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, June 6, 2019.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, June 7, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  5.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Michigan and Utah.
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 2018:

1.   Subject imports:  1
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  Turkey, Serbia, Uzbekistan, China


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

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