Mexico has announced its final decision regarding the anti-dumping case on leg quarters imported to Mexico from the U.S., confirming the existence of dumping conditions and harm to the domestic poultry industry induced by the sale of chicken leg quarters into Mexico originating from the U.S. that were below production costs. The ministry has also imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of chicken leg quarters from the U.S.
Penalties will not immediately be applied, however, until the avian influenza H7N3 situation normalizes. The actual date for the application of the penalties will be announced via a notice published by the Mexican Ministry of Economy, according to officials. The companies involved in the decision have said they do not agree with the recommendation to delay applying anti-dumping duties. They said that the H7N3 was contained and did not affect chicken producers. In addition, anti-dumping duties will be applied exclusively to chicken leg quarters originating from the U.S., and more than 80 percent of the chicken sold by Mexican producers (mainly as whole chicken) will not even be subject to anti-dumping duties.