The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has filed a case before the World Trade Organization against China for imposing unfair duties on American chicken products. The United States is requesting dispute settlement consultations to challenge China’s imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties against imports of U.S. chicken “broiler products,” which are both chicken products that are not cut into pieces, as well as various cuts and pieces.
USTR Ron Kirk says, China must play by the rules to which it agreed when it joined the WTO, including commitments to maintain open markets on a non-discriminatory basis, and to follow rules-based procedures in a transparent way. Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow says these unfair practices have serious and devastating implications for the U.S. economy and American agriculture.
Under WTO rules, parties that do not resolve a matter through consultations within 60 days may request the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement panel. Before the imposition of these duties, the United States was China’s largest chicken broiler products supplier with over 600-thousand metric tons of broiler products exported in 2009.