(Adds reaction from U.S. ethanol group)
WASHINGTON Jan 23 The United States on
Wednesday objected to proposed European Union import duties on
U.S. ethanol that EU officials said are intended to offset
subsidies given to American producers.
"We are disappointed in this outcome," said Nkenge Harmon, a
spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative's office. "I will
add that we have serious concerns about certain procedural and
methodological aspects of the investigation."
The European Commission has proposed a rare duty on all U.S.
producers of ethanol after an investigation concluded that U.S.
exporters sell the fuel to Europe at illegally low prices after
The European Union is seeking anti-dumping duties of 9.5
percent on all ethanol coming from the United States, according
to a proposal seen by Reuters this week.
The document proposed that the regulation should be adopted
by the member states no later than Feb. 22.
Shipments of ethanol from the United States to the EU are
worth more than $930 million, or 700 million euros, a year.
EPure, a European ethanol industry group, supports the EU
proposal. "We think it's effectively representing the fact that
European industry has suffered from these cheap imports," a
U.S. ethanol industry groups the Renewable Fuels Association
and Growth Energy said in a joint statement that ethanol
producers and marketers were "outraged" by the proposal.
"Not only does it fly in the face of over 30 years of
consistent practice by the European Commission, but it also
violates numerous provisions of the World Trade Organization's
agreement on anti dumping," it said.
($1 = 0.7526 euro)
(Reporting by Doug Palmer and Timothy Gardner in Washington and
Ethan Bilby in Brussels; editing by Ros Krasny, Mohammad
Zargham, Nick Zieminski and Matthew Lewis)