After the registration process was complete, Chinese authorities began a fact-finding process that includes investigations of specific company practices. MOFCOM will draw information about company practices from a series of questionnaires that the registered interested parties completed. The USGC hired legal counsel and coordinated an industrywide response to the injury questionnaire.
A sampling methodology was used to choose the two firms being investigated for dumping.
F&G: What are some potential outcomes of the MOFCOM investigation and what is the USGC doing to facilitate a positive ruling?
Bratter: The best possible outcome would be the Chinese government finds no evidence of injury and we resume normal trade flows. The worst possible outcome would be finding of injury and dumping, which would result in high tariffs for U.S. DDGS exporters and will ultimately limit the feed choices available to Chinese end users.
We have a 25-year trade relationship with China that we intend to respect and honor, and we hope for the best possible outcome in this case so that we can continue working with our Chinese partners.
Right now, we’re working with lawyers to ensure we have enough information to make concrete statements about why we believe this situation is the normal flow of trade, and not necessarily dumping. Our goal is to encourage a resolution that focuses on the long-term U.S.-China trade relationship.