The U.S. Poultry & Egg Export Council has condemned China's move to file an anti-dumping case against U.S. poultry. The move, according to USAPEEC, is in response to the Obama administration's decision to impose tariffs on import of tires made in China.

The council has denied the dumping allegations. As per international trade rules, dumping arises only when a product is sold in a foreign market at a price lower than the domestic price. In this case, U.S. poultry exports to China consisting mainly of chicken feet and paws — commodities highly valued in the Chinese market — are sold at prices ranging from US 60-80 cents per pound. This is much higher than the price prevailing in the U.S. markets where these products are sold for rendering at pennies per pound.

USAPEEC also denied the charge that the U.S. government subsidizes its poultry industry.

The council argued that it has always opposed the anti-China provision included in the recent Omnibus Appropriation Bill and the House version of the 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The provision prevents USDA from promulgating a proposed rule to allow exports of cooked Chinese chicken to the U.S.

It has further urged the administration not to impose increased tariffs on Chinese tires.

The U.S. exported 451,000 metric tons of poultry — worth $393 million — to China in the last seven months. China has become the top market for U.S. poultry.