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WTO Cases on China Export Subsidies, Indonesia Import Licensing Advance

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The U.S. has requested that the World Trade Organization establish separate dispute settlement panels to examine complaints against certain Chinese export subsidies and Indonesian import licensing restrictions, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative reports.

With regard to China, the U.S. is challenging the “Demonstration Bases-Common Service Platform” export subsidy program, which according to USTR appears to grant unfair, prohibited export subsidies to a large range of Chinese manufacturers and producers in sectors such as textiles, agriculture, chemicals, and advanced materials and metals. Consultations held March 13 and April 1-2 failed to resolve U.S. concerns.

The dispute against Indonesia challenges “unjustified and trade-restrictive licensing regimes for the importation of horticultural products and animals and animal products.” Indonesia also prohibits the importation of certain products at certain times and restricts the sale of imported products within the country.

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