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Senators Seek to Hold China Accountable,
Level Playing Field for American Farmers
Introduce the bipartisan China Trade Cheating Restitution Act
WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today introduced the bipartisan China Trade Cheating Restitution Act. This proposal would ensure agricultural sectors most affected by China’s evasion on anti-dumping duties will receive approximately $38.5 million in accrued delinquency interest on duties wrongfully withheld by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) from 2000-2014.
For nearly two decades, Chinese producers have deliberately exported various goods to the U.S. at a price below the cost of production to purposefully increase their market share and drive Montana, Louisiana and Iowa producers out of business – a practice called "dumping." The U.S. placed anti-dumping duties on Chinese producers in 2001 to protect domestic producers and condemn China's unfair actions.
“Iowa farmers have felt the effects of China playing games with our trade laws and profiting from unfair trade practices. Our proposal will help offset these effects and ensure producers are granted the relief they need,” Grassley said.
“Montana’s farmers grow the best products in the world and shouldn’t be penalized for following the rules,” said Tester. “China’s continued violation of U.S. import laws has hurt producers at home, making it harder to compete in emerging markets, and America’s farmers need to be made whole. This bipartisan bill will give domestic producers the resources they need to compete and will help ensure we maintain our competitive edge over China for years to come.”
“Crawfish is part of our culture in Louisiana, and we will defend it,” said Dr. Cassidy. “China is attempting to put our crawfish farmers out of business dumping their product in the U.S. at prices below the cost of production. This is against the law. This legislation gives American farmers the resources they need to stay competitive and thrive.”
“South Dakota is one of the top honey-producing states in the country,” said Thune. “The unfair practice of circumventing U.S. trade laws, which jeopardizes honey producers’ financial security, should be met with strict enforcement and increased protections. South Dakota honey producers deserve a level-playing field. This bipartisan legislation helps ensure fair treatment for affected domestic producers and strengthens their ability to compete globally.”
In 2000 Congress passed the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA), which instructed CBP to pay all collected anti-dumping duties and accrued interest to the U.S. producers who were injured by dumped imports. CDSOA applies to imports that entered the U.S. through September 30, 2007, but due to a range of delays, CBP is still assessing and collecting AD duties and interest on many of these imports. Since 2000, it is estimated that China has evaded nearly $1.2 billion in anti-dumping duties.
The China Trade Cheating Restitution Act would:
Require CBP to distribute under CDSOA an estimated $38.5 million in accrued delinquency interest on the antidumping duties that CBP collected and wrongfully withheld
Amend the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 to move the date of interest collected by the CBP to be dispersed from October 1, 2014 to October 1, 2000 to account for substantial interest withheld by CBP beginning in 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Domestic Honey Producers Withdraw Antidumping Petition Against Raw Honey from Ukraine in Support of Ukrainian War Effort
(March 25, 2022) – Today, the American Honey Producers Association (AHPA) and the Sioux Honey Association (SHA), the petitioners in an antidumping duty case on raw honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, Vietnam and Ukraine, announced that they had withdrawn the antidumping petition against Ukraine due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. As AHPA President Chris Hiatt explained, “American honey producers stand in solidarity with the beekeepers and citizens of Ukraine as they fight for their freedom against the Russian invaders. Support for Ukraine and its people in this time of crisis should take precedence over the antidumping investigation against raw honey imports from Ukraine.”
Petitioners withdrew the antidumping case against Ukraine as a small contribution of support toward the efforts of the Ukrainian people to defend their homeland, democracy and way of life from an illegal and destructive war perpetrated by Russia. Alex Blumenthal, President and CEO of Sioux Honey added, “We don’t want this case to detract in any way from the focus, determination, and resources of the Ukrainian people and their Government in this monumental struggle.”
On April 21, 2021, the AHPA and SHA filed petitions with the ITC and DOC for relief from dumped imports of raw honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, Ukraine, and Vietnam. On November 23, 2021, Commerce published preliminary dumping margins for Argentina of 7.84 to 49.44 percent; for Brazil of 7.89 to 29.61 percent, for India of 6.24 to 6.72 percent, for Ukraine of 18.68 to 32.45 percent and from Vietnam of 410.93 to 413.99 percent. Commerce is due to release final dumping margins on April 11, 2022, for the remaining raw honey exporters from Argentina, Brazil, India and Vietnam. Commerce also found critical circumstances existed for all Argentine raw honey exporters except Nexco S.A. and for all exporters of raw honey from Vietnam. The critical circumstances finding means that antidumping duty deposits will be
collected on raw honey entries going back to August 25, 2021, if the finding is upheld by the
U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC).
On June 4, 2021, the USITC unanimously determined that there is a reasonable indication that unfairly traded imports of raw honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, Ukraine, and Vietnam are injuring the U.S. industry producing raw honey. The USITC is scheduled to reach a final injury determination as to the remaining raw honey exporters from Argentina, Brazil, India and Vietnam by May 11, 2022.
The product covered by these investigations is raw honey. Raw honey is honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling and skimming, or coarse straining. Raw honey has not been filtered to a level that results in the removal of most or all of the pollen (25 microns). The subject products include all grades, floral sources and colors of raw honey and also includes organic raw honey. Excluded from the scope is comb honey or honey that is packaged for retail sale (e.g., in bottles or other retail containers of five (5) lbs. or less).
AHPA Contact: Chris Hiatt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SHA Contact: Alex Blumenthal (ABlumenthal@suebeehoney.com)
We Still Need Your Support!
On April 21, 2021, the American Honey Producers Association (AHPA) and Sioux Honey Association (SHA) filed petitions with the ITC and DOC for relief from dumped imports of raw honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, Ukraine, and Vietnam. The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) also supports the trade cases.
On May 18, 2021, the DOC published a notice initiating the investigations in the Federal Register, with estimated dumping margins of 9.75 to 49.44 percent for Argentina, 83.72 percent for Brazil, 27.02 to 88.48 percent for India, 9.49 to 92.94 percent for Ukraine, and 47.56 to 138.23 percent for Vietnam.
DOC is scheduled to issue preliminary determinations of dumping in mid-November, at which point preliminary duties will go into effect, and importers will be obligated to begin paying cash deposits at the time of importation.
On June 4, 2021 the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) unanimously determined that there is a reasonable indication that unfairly traded imports of raw honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, Ukraine, and Vietnam are injuring the U.S. industry producing raw honey.
Today’s unanimous decision means that the ITC will continue to investigate the injury inflicted on the U.S. raw honey producers by low-priced imports, and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) will investigate the extent to which imports from the five countries are being sold below fair value in the U.S. market.
We truly appreciate all of the donations that we have received to cover legal fees. The good fight isn’t over yet, and we still need your support.
To donate to the Antidumping Fund:
Send a check to:
c/o Cassie Cox
PO Box 435
Mendon, UT 84325
Call for over the phone credit card payment:
Cassie Cox 281-900-9740
Or donate on our website
ELAP - HONEYBEE ASSISTANCE
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program Overview
The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish. It covers losses due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary. ELAP covers losses that are not covered under other disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, such as the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
ELAP is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Eligible honeybees include bees housed in a managed hive and used for honey production, pollination or honeybee breeding. Eligible honeybees do not include wild, feral honeybees, leaf cutter bees or other bee species that are not used for producing honey, pollinating or breeding honeybees.
Losses of colonies must be in excess of normal mortality. ELAP covers damage to hives and feed that was purchased or produced, including additional feed purchased above normal quantities to sustain honeybees until such time that additional feed becomes available.
The colony, hive and feed losses must be:
Due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition; and
Incurred by an eligible honeybee producer in the county where the eligible adverse weather or loss condition occurred.
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Best Management Practices for Bee Health
A Guide for Beekeepers
Every beekeeper should seek to have hives that are healthy and productive. Today, the many threats to honey bee health — including parasites, pests, disease, pesticides, and inadequate nutrition — make achieving this goal a major challenge. Successful beekeeping means closely monitoring bee health and taking proactive steps to protect them.
Over the years, a wide range of public and private organizations have developed Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the honey bee industry. Important work has been done by state governments, crop and grower organizations, universities (particularly extension services), state beekeeping organizations and other stakeholders. This guide collects BMPs from many sources into one document to make it easy for beekeepers to find practical information that they can use. Experts from within and outside the Honey Bee Health Coalition, including entomologists, small-scale and commercial beekeepers, apiary inspectors and commercial bee suppliers, have reviewed the BMPs in this guide to make sure that they are accurate and consistent with the latest research findings.
Whether you are just starting out as a beekeeper or have years of experience, you’ll find that this guide offers valuable BMPs on many topics, including:
Apiary and hive set up and maintenance
Treatment of parasites and bee diseases
Queen health, bee breeding and stock selection
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