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February 13, 2023

U.S. Government Upholds Countervailing Duties on Spanish Olives and Protects American Olive Growers

On Jan. 12, 2023, the U.S. Government decided to implement the World Trade Organization’s ruling related to countervailing and antidumping on Spanish olives to account for the affect that European Union subsidies has had on Spanish ripe olive prices.

This action from Washington D.C. has safeguarded olive growers in the U.S. and upheld the protective purpose of the laws in place to protect American industries. “If it weren’t for the U.S. Government’s ongoing antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on Spanish olives, American table olive production and hundreds of family farmers and allied American jobs would be in serious jeopardy,” said Michael Silveira, Chairman of the Olive Growers Council of California.

This enforcement gives California olive growers the time to reinvest in new farming techniques to best utilize emerging technologies that address the best way to utilize resources. “The olive case, together with our industry-led investments, is a great example of how to break the cycle of unfair foreign trade practices and rebuild high-quality, environmentally-friendly American production and American jobs,” said Dennis Burreson, a California olive grower and Vice President of Field Operations and Industry.