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State table olive growers to benefit from WTO ruling

Issue Date: December 15, 2021

Following a ruling by the World Trade Organization, the U.S. can continue to impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties against ripe olives from Spain.

California table olive growers, who produce more than 95% of the nation's table olives, say the WTO ruling last month will allow the U.S. government to continue its trade enforcement efforts and ensure a fair domestic marketplace.

"Make no mistake, the enormous olive subsidies being provided by the European Union and Spain, and the deliberate efforts to dump ripe olives from Spain into the U.S. market, have allowed the Spanish industry to take almost all our U.S. food-service business and put our retail business at risk," said Glenn County grower Michael Silveira, who chairs the Olive Growers Council of California.

The council said the current U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Spanish ripe olives give California growers time to invest in modern farming techniques that allow for mechanical harvesting of the fruit. These investments, along with U.S. enforcement of trade-remedy laws, will help promote cost-efficient table olive production to help California growers prosper, even if unfair Spanish trading practices continue, the council added.

The EU, which provides most of the subsidies for the Spanish olive industry, filed a WTO action in 2018 challenging certain injury findings by the U.S. government. Those findings led to U.S. imposition of anti-dumping and countervailing duties against Spanish ripe olives. The WTO ruling leaves the U.S. anti-dumping order entirely intact.

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