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Comments Due for WTO Case on Imports of Orange Juice from Brazil

On June 17, USTR posted a Federal Register Notice regarding the WTO case on imports of orange juice from Brazil. Although USTR will accept any comments received during the course of the dispute settlement proceedings, comments should be submitted on or before July 17, 2009 to be assured of timely consideration by USTR.

The notice states:

In its second consultations request, filed on May 22, 2009, Brazil requested consultations regarding the antidumping duty investigation in Certain Orange Juice from Brazil: Final Results and Partial Rescission of Antidumping Administrative Review (A-351-840), covering the period from October 1, 2003, to September 30, 2004, and the final results thereof, 71 FR 2183 (January 13, 2006), the antidumping duty order, 71 FR 12183 (Mar. 9, 2006), and any cash deposits issued pursuant thereto; and the antidumping duty administrative review covering the period from March 1, 2007, to February 29, 2008. Brazil also challenges the "continued use" of "zeroing" procedures in successive antidumping proceedings in that case. Brazil alleges inconsistencies with Articles II, VI:1, and VI:2 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994, Articles 1, 2.1, 2.4, 2.4.2, 9.1, 9.3, 11.2, and 18.4 of the Agreement on Implementation of Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (the Anti-Dumping Agreement); and Article XVI:4 of the WTO Agreement.

USTR requests concerning the issues raised in this dispute. You can submit your comments electronically at regulations.gov.