The European Commission (EC) and representatives of the EU Member States are expected to decide on the imposition of definitive countervailing duties (CVDs) on biodiesel originating in Indonesia, in their next meeting of the Trade Defence Instruments Committee (TDC) on Wednesday 13 November 2019. This morning MVO learned that the EC had put the definitive CVDs on Indonesian biodiesel on the official agenda for its next TDC meeting on 13 November.
On 14 August 2019 the EC imposed provisional CVDs on biodiesel originating in Indonesia (for duty rates see table below) to prevent the materialisation of the imminent threat of material injury caused to the EU industry by the subsidised biodiesel imports from Indonesia. These provisional duties will automatically expire after a maximum period of 4 months (i.e. on 14 December 2019). Furthermore, the EC should finalise its investigation into the subsidization of Indonesian biodiesel within the regular period of 12 months (by 6 December 2019), or at least within the exceptional period of 13 months (by 6 January 2020).
On 4 October 2019 the EC distributed its General Final Disclosure Document to interested parties. In this document the EC has concluded that the EU should impose definitive countervailing duties on Indonesian biodiesel.
For statistical information about the EU imports of biodiesel (by main countries of origin) in 2018 and January-August 2019 (source: Eurostat), see figures below.