The U.S. International Trade Commission has voted to revoke the anti-dumping order on a handful of Brazilian orange juice processors.
In its ruling, the ITC said removing the order would not materially harm Florida citrus growers even though Brazil has increased production, U.S. orange juice consumption is declining and production costs are soaring, according to a news release.
The anti-dumping order covers three major Brazilian orange juice processors: Cutrale Citrus Juice, Citrosuco Paulista and Louis Dreyfus.
It had been in place since 2006.
Every five years, the United States conducts a review to determine whether the order should remain in place or be revoked.
The ITC's ruling came despite efforts by Lakeland-based Florida Citrus Mutual to build a case for retaining the anti-dumping order.
“Over the past five years, Brazilian processors have continued to dump cheap product into the United States as their residual market and I cannot see any reason why they would stop, especially if the anti-dumping order goes away,” Citrus Mutual executive vice president and chief executive officer Mike Sparks said in the release.
He said the grower group will review the decision before taking the next step, which could entail an appeal.