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U.S. Department of Commerce initiates antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations of imports of dried tart cherries from Turkey

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WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the initiation of new antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations to determine whether dried tart cherries from Turkey are being dumped in the United States and to determine if producers in Turkey are receiving unfair subsidies.

These antidumping and countervailing duty investigations were initiated based on petitions filed by the Dried Tart Cherry Trade Committee. The members are Cherry Central Cooperative (Traverse City, MI), Graceland Fruit, Inc. (Frankfort, MI), Payson Fruit Growers Coop (Payson, UT), Shoreline Fruit, LLC (Traverse City, MI), and Smeltzer Orchard Co. (Frankfort, MI).

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The alleged dumping margins range from 347.24 to 648.35 percent.

There are 29 subsidy programs alleged, including tax benefit programs, export financing programs, investment incentives programs, a land for less than adequate remuneration program, regional development subsidy programs, agricultural programs, and grant programs.

If Commerce makes affirmative findings in these investigations, and if the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) determines that dumped and/or unfairly subsidized U.S. imports of dried tart cherries from Turkey are causing injury to the U.S. industry, Commerce will impose duties on those imports in the amount of dumping and/or unfair subsidization found to exist.

In 2018, imports of dried tart cherries from Turkey were valued at an estimated $1.2 million.

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