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American Honey Producers
Association News Bulletin
Congress Enacts New Shipper
Bonding Suspension Law
After two years of hard work by the AHPA and
its Congressional supporters, Congress has passed and sent to
the President for signature legislation to suspend bonding for
imports from new shippers in antidumping duty (“AD”)
cases. The new law suspends until June 30, 2009 the ability of
importers from new shippers to post bonds. Instead, these imports
will now be required to post cash deposits to secure estimated
AD duties. The suspension is also retroactive to new shipper imports
made on or after April 1, 2006, meaning the bonds posted after
that date will have to be replaced with cash deposits. Finally,
the new law provides for a study on ways to improve the collection
of AD duties and for a study of the benefits of extending the
suspension of new shipper bonding beyond 2009 or permanently repealing
the bonding privilege.
The provision suspending new shipper bonding
was included with a number of other trade provisions in a pension
reform bill (H.R.4). H.R.4 passed the House by a vote of 279-141
on July 28. The Senate passed H.R.4 by a vote of 93-5 on August
3 and President Bush will soon sign the bill into law.
The new shipper bonding suspension provision
included in H.R.4 combines the best features of a number of earlier
new shipper proposals. It includes a study on improving AD duty
collections originally proposed by House Ways & Means Chairman
Bill Thomas as a means of improving AD duty collections by U.S.
Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”). Additionally,
the April 1 effective date was included in earlier legislation
proposed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley
and Ranking Member Max Baucus. Since its introduction, legislation
with this April 1 effective date has played a significant role
in deterring abusive new shipper imports. Chairman Grassley, Senator
Baucus and Chairman Thomas were all instrumental in including
the new shipper provision in H.R.4.
The new shipper provision would not have become
law without the tremendous efforts of other key legislators who
have worked very closely with our AHPA team. This is particularly
true of Senators Thad Cochran and Robert Byrd. They took the lead
in originally introducing new shipper bonding legislation in 2004
and twice had the Senate unanimously pass a shipper bill. Congressmen
Chip Pickering and Marion Barry were also champions of our cause.
They originally sponsored new legislation in the House and strongly
supported House passage of a new shipper provision. In addition,
a bipartisan group of over 30 Senators and Members of Congress
from around the country also co-sponsored various new shipper
The AHPA will continue to work with our Congressional
supporters to assure that the new legislation is immediately and
fully implemented by CBP.
Suspension of bonding for new shipper imports
should significantly restore the effectiveness of AD orders against
unfairly traded honey and result in the return of fair market
prices to the U.S. honey market.
A Year With Honeybees
This video has proven to be popular available
on either VHS tape or DVD. It follows beekeeper Dick Blake
through an entire production season. It starts with spring
feeding and ends with the barrels of honey being loaded
on the truck.
There is good information here for beekeepers
of every level. Available form the Iowa Honey Producers
for $20. That includes shipping within Iowa. It may be slightly
higher elsewhere. Make checks payable to the Iowa Honey
Producers and send to one of the addresses below.
c/o Phil Ebert
14808 102nd Ave. E.
Lynnville, IA 50153
1988 Vine Ave.
Marshalltown, IA 50158