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WTO Case on Chinese AD/CV Duties on Chicken Subject of USTR Inquiry

Friday, January 13, 2012
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is inviting comments through Feb. 10 on the issues raised in a complaint the U.S. filed at the World Trade Organization against China’s antidumping and countervailing duty measures against U.S. chicken broiler products. The U.S. requested the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement panel in this case Dec. 8.

USTR has previously explained that in 2010 China levied AD duties ranging from 50.3% to 105.4% and CV duties of between 4.0% and 30.3% on imports of U.S. broiler products. The U.S. is alleging that Chinese authorities failed to abide by applicable procedures and legal standards for imposing these duties, including by finding injury to China’s domestic industry without objectively examining the evidence, improperly calculating dumping margins and subsidization rates and failing to adhere to various transparency and due process requirements. The U.S. had been the largest exporter of broiler products to China, but since the imposition of the AD/CV duties U.S. exports have fallen by nearly 90%.

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