The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled in China's favor in a dispute with the U.S. over Chinese chicken imports, according to the AFP.

The final ruling, which will not be officially announced for one or two more months, is expected to open up the U.S. market for China's finished chicken breast exports. In 2004, both countries halted imports of each other's poultry in the wake of bird flu fears. Exports of some U.S. poultry products to China have since resumed, but the reverse has not occurred, according to Chinese officials.

The WTO set up a panel in July of last year to examine China's complaint that the United States is breaching trade rules through measures that include an appropriations bill resulting in a complete ban on Chinese poultry imports.