China has launched an anti-dumping investigation into imports of Brazilian chicken after receiving a complaint that the Brazil has been selling its chicken at a price below market value.
The allegations follow similar claims that were made by South Africa and Ukraine. Brazil was not found guilty of dumping in either case.
Francisco Turra, CEO of the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA), told Reuters that the claims are untrue.
“We are very competitive and it is hard for the Chinese producer to understand,” said Turra. “Such complaints are normal and we can defend ourselves.”
Brazil is responsible for more than 50 percent of broiler product supplies to China, according to the Chinese Commerce Ministry.
China is not new to accusing countries that export chicken of dumping. In 2010, China accused the U.S. of dumping and imposed tariffs on imports of U.S. chicken products. The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in favor of the U.S. and China agreed not to appeal, but duties on U.S. chicken remained. In 2014, China announced that it would reduce duties on some U.S. poultry companies, while raising them on others.