The Obama administration has challenged China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over “excessive government support” for domestic grain production, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman announced Tuesday [13 September 2016]. The USTR’s office claimed that China’s “market price support” for rice, wheat, and corn in 2015 was estimated to be nearly 100 billion U.S. dollars above the limits that China committed to when it joined the WTO in 2001…Full Article: Xinhua Sept 2016

Key Point

  • This is the 14th China trade dispute that the Obama White House has filed with the WTO.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In August 2016, China decided to extend its anti-dumping duties on US poultry for an additional five years. China’s Ministry of Commerce re-investigation determined that lifting the anti-dumping duties on US poultry imports would harm the country’s poultry industry.
  • In May 2016, the USA appealed for a second time to the WTO to investigate the legality of China’s anti-dumping duties on American poultry products, adding that China’s Ministry of Commerce “re-investigation” lacked transparency.
  • In June 2015, China Animal Agriculture Association (CAAA) asked the Ministry of Commerce to extend anti-subsidy duties on American broilers. Consequently, China will extend the duties for another year (expiration on 29 August 2016).
  • In July 2014, China’s Ministry of Commerce determined (after a re-investigation) to maintain anti-dumping duties on US poultry products.
  • In September 2011, the USA appealed to the WTO to investigate China’s anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties that were imposed on American chicken products from the year before.
  • In February 2010, China’s Ministry of Commerce introduced anti-dumping duties on US poultry products that ranged from 43.1% to 105.4% depending on the supplier and their level of cooperation during an anti-dumping investigation. In September 2010, China increased the minimum duty from 43.1% to 50.3%.

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