The World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Thursday [9 April 2015] that China has notified its Secretariat of a request for consultations with the European Union (EU) over a poultry meat tarrif quota dispute. China said that the measures affect imports of certain poultry meat products from China and are inconsistent with the obligations of the EU under the relevant provisions of the WTO Agreements, claiming that the EU failed to negotiate or consult with it as required by the Agreements…Full Article: Xinhua Apr 2015

Key Point

  • In 2012 (amid an avian influenza outbreak in China), the EU signed an import quota assignment for poultry meat products with Brazil and Thailand. The agreement went into effect in March 2013.

ChinaAg Comment

  • The EU import quota assignment established a low-tariff rate for a set amount of poultry imports. All poultry products that fall outside the quota will be more expensive (up to 40%). In general, China accounts for 25% of EU poultry meat imports, but Brazilian and Thai poultry products have taken up nearly all (~96%) of the low-tariff quota rates, effectively pricing out Chinese products.

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