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China to reinvestigate US poultry duties
December 26, 2013, 8:10 am

Disputes over broiler chickens -- chickens that reach slaughter weight by about 13 weeks of age -- have been a major source of contention in the often tense trade relations between the world's two largest economies [Getty Images]

Disputes over broiler chickens — chickens that reach slaughter weight by about 13 weeks of age — have been a major source of contention in the often tense trade relations between the world’s two largest economies [Getty Images]

China on Wednesday announced its decision to reinvestigate its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on US poultry products in response to a WTO report that found China had violated certain rules.

“China will review the evidence and information collected during the previous investigation and re-examine them through surveys and hearings,” China’s Commerce Ministry said in an online statement.

China first imposed anti-dumping duties on chicken products imported from the US in September 2010. Beijing has claimed that the chicken products were subsidized in the US and dumped onto the Chinese market at a price less than the fair value.

Disputes over broiler chickens — chickens that reach slaughter weight by about 13 weeks of age — have been a major source of contention in the often tense trade relations between the world’s two largest economies.

Washington requested consultation with Beijing immediately after China imposed duties and then appealed to the WTO in September 2011.

In September this year, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body adopted a panel report supporting China’s arguments regarding determination of domestic industry and trade level differences.

 

Source: Agencies

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