Florida Citrus Mutual begins appeal of OJ anti-dumping ruling

05/14/2012 05:55:00 PM
Citrus + Vegetable Magazine Staff

Lakeland-based Florida Citrus Mutual has filed paperwork to begin the appeal of the International Trade Commission's decision to revoke the anti-dumping order against Brazilian orange juice processors.

The summons was filed May 14 with the U.S. Court of International Trade, according to a news release.

"We continue to believe that the ITC made the wrong decision in this case for a number of reasons," Mike Sparks, citrus mutual executive vice president and chief executive officer, said in the release.

Since the commission revoked the anti-dumping order March 14, OJ futures have declined by 40 percent, the effects of the fungicide carbendazim have significantly reduced consumer demand, and Brazilian shippers expect to have carbendazim-free concentrate back on the market in less than six months.

These events all contradict ITC findings and could be grounds on which mutual could challenge in the appeal, according to the release.

The anti-dumping order was put in place in 2006.

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