US asks WTO to remove China-imposed poultry duties
US claims duties are retaliation, inconsistent with WTO rules
The U.S. has asked the World Trade Organization to remove duties that China imposed on U.S. broiler products in August and September 2010, after China claimed the products were subsidized and dumped in the Chinese market at less than fair value.
The U.S. claims that the duties, which range from 55% to 135%, are in retaliation for U.S. moves to restrict Chinese tire imports by enacting a 35% tariff on the product and a congressional ban on cooked chicken from China. The U.S. was the largest exporter of broiler products to China before the duties were imposed. Since then, U.S. broiler product exports to China have fallen by roughly 90%, according to the U.S. trade office. "The U.S. government believes the duties to be inconsistent with numerous WTO rules," said U.S. Trade Representative spokeswoman Andrea Mead. "Accordingly, the U.S. government believes the duties should be removed as promptly as possible regardless of why they were imposed."
The U.S. asked China for consultations on the dispute in September and the two sides held talks on October 28, but no resolution was reached.