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McCarthy Applauds Antidumping Duty Decision on Iranian Pistachios

Jul 20, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Kevin McCarthy welcomes the decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to keep the antidumping (AD) duty in place on pistachios from Iran. On June 2, 2017, the ITC voted unanimously to keep the AD duty in place.  Following ITC’s vote, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a notice continuing the AD duty on pistachios from Iran on July 13, 2017. 

Iran has acted unfairly regarding their pistachio trade for decades. In 1986, the Department of Commerce responded to the dumping of Iranian pistachios -- which caused U.S. pistachio production to plunge – and issued an AD order for Iranian pistachios.  

The unmitigated disaster that is the Iran Nuclear Agreement lifts the ban on Iranian pistachios exported to the U.S.  The International Trade Administration has already determined that if the AD order had been revoked, Iran would likely have engaged in illegal dumping. McCarthy released the following statement on the decision:

“I applaud this decision. Iran is a bad actor. Actions have proved the Iranian regime has no regard for international norm or law -- from weapons production to funding terrorism to trade malfeasance. There is no reason to believe these actions have changed or will change. The United States must not reward this behavior with increased access to U.S. markets. That is why members from both parties joined together earlier this year to urge the ITC to reject any movement to allow Iran to illegally dump pistachios into the U.S. Such action would have devastated American farmers, communities, and consumers while propping up the Iranian economy. This decision is a win for our community and our country.”

Additional Background:  

  • On May 5, 2017, Leader McCarthy led a bipartisan letter to ITC Chairwoman Schmidtlein and Vice Chairman Johanson requesting that the Commission retain the AD duty on pistachios from Iran.   
     
  • California pistachios account for 99% of U.S. production and rank in the top 20 commodities produced in the for 2013, 2014, and 2015 in the state.  27% and 23% of pistachios grown in California are in Kern County and Tulare County, respectively.  Pistachios are California’s fifth top agricultural export in 2015.  (Source:  California Agricultural Statistics Review 2015-2016)