Voting to revoke an anti-dumping order against Brazilian orange juice processors, the U.S. International Trade Commission struck a blow against Florida citrus growers, a growers group stated.
The ITC ruled removing the anti-dumping order would not materially harm Florida citrus growers despite increased Brazilian production, declining U.S. juice consumption and escalating production costs, according to a Florida Citrus Mutual news release.
The decision follows six months of lobbying by the Lakeland-based Florida Citrus Mutual.
“Florida Citrus Mutual is extremely disappointed with this decision and we will review next steps including an appeal,” Mike Sparks, executive vice president and chief executive officer said in the release. “Over the past five years, Brazilian processors have continued to dump cheap product into the U.S. as their residual market and I cannot see any reason why they would stop, especially if the anti-dumping order goes away.”
In effect since 2006, the anti-dumping order covered three major Brazilian orange juice processors. Every five years, the U.S. conducts reviews to determine whether duties should continue, according to the release.