A bipartisan group of 16 U.S. senators have sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk urging the termination of Mexico's anti-dumping duties case against U.S. chicken leg quarters. The letter requests that Kirk notify his appropriate counterparts in the Mexican government that the U.S. has strong concerns about the charges that U.S. chicken leg quarters are exported to Mexico at price levels in violation of World Trade Organization trade rules.

Early in 2011, three Mexican poultry companies petitioned the Mexican government to begin an anti-dumping investigation of imports of chicken leg quarters from the U.S., claiming that U.S. companies were exporting leg quarters to Mexico at below-market prices. The Mexican ministry recently announced its preliminary results; with proposed duties on U.S. poultry ranging from 64 percent to 129 percent. Although these duties have not yet been applied, under Mexican law, a final decision will have to be reached by August.

“The Mexican antidumping action will deprive our poultry industry of the market access provided under the North America Free Trade Agreement," said the senators. "This case sets an ominous example that must not be repeated throughout the protein sector. The same approach could encourage others in Mexico to institute frivolous antidumping actions against our beef, pork or dairy sectors. As we continue the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, we urge you to resolve this situation and ensure that Mexico honors its commitment under NAFTA. We hope the antidumping case by Mexico is terminated and look forward to working with you to resolve this matter.”