WASHINGTON–The United States on Wednesday said it will eliminate an anti-dumping duty on some orange juice from Brazil, alarming U.S. citrus growers. The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), by a 6-0 vote, found that revoking the measure would “not be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.” A major Florida orange growers’ group did not agree. “Florida Citrus Mutual is extremely disappointed with this decision and we will review next steps including an appeal,” Michael Sparks, who leads the group, said in a statement. “Over the past five years Brazilian processors have continued to dump cheap product into the United States as their residual market and I cannot see any reason why they would stop, especially if the anti-dumping order goes away.”
Brazil is the world’s biggest orange producer, with a 33-percent market share and is also the world’s top orange juice exporter, with 85-percent market share. The United States takes in 13 percent of Brazil’s juice exports. The U.S. growers’ group says their industry creates a US$9 billion economic impact and employs almost 76,000 people.