Sunset Review Questionnaire
APG previously announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) was planning to mail its Sunset Review questionnaire to a number of pistachio growers and handlers. They have informed us that these questionnaires were sent out. If you have received the questionnaire, APG strongly urges you to respond. We know that this is neither an easy questionnaire nor one that you can quickly fill out, but in order to defend our industry, it requires your attention.
For assistance, the USITC has provided a name and contact information in the questionnaire —they are there to help you answer difficult questions. If you are not satisfied with the USITC staff person’s response then we urge you to contact either Lorren Walker (202-266-3999) or Bob Schramm (202-266-3900), at Schramm, Williams & Associates.
Return your completed questionnaire to the USITC, and also be sure to forward a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. Adduci is APG’s legal trade firm, representing our members on this issue. They will keep your information confidential.
Antidumping Raw Inshell Sunset Review
APG is preparing for the sunset review of the antidumping order on raw inshell pistachios. The next event will be responding to U.S. International Trade Commission questionnaires which will be sent by USITC to U.S. growers and processors, U.S. pistachio importers, and Iranian exporters and processors in early 2017. Responding to the questionnaires is not difficult once the instructions are carefully read through. APG will make support available to members for answering the questionnaires. It is important that the U.S. industry have at least 50 percent of growers and all the processors respond to the questionnaire. Following the completion of the questionnaire phase, the USITC will release the staff report, followed by preheating briefs. Sometime in April 2017 there will be a preheating conference, followed by the USITC hearing. This is the first pistachio sunset review since 2005 because President Obama imposed import sanctions on Iranian imports including pistachios; the law prohibits a review if there is an embargo. How President-elect Trump will administer the so-called Iran nuclear agreement is yet to be determined. During his campaign, Trump stated he would “…rip it up.” In addition, in November, shortly after Congress returned following the elections, the U.S. House of Representatives voted by an overwhelming majority of 419 to 1 for a 10-year reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act. Neither the Iran nuclear agreement nor the Iran Sanctions Act involves sunset reviews although there is pressure to re-impose an embargo if Iran violates the nuclear agreement.