On Sept 13, the United States initiated WTO dispute proceedings against China, claiming that Beijing had provided support for farmers in excess of its commitment to the World Trade Organization. Among the crops in contention are wheat, Indica rice, Japonica rice, and corn…Full Article: ChinaDaily Sept 2016

Key Point

  • According to the Dean of the School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Renmin University of China (Beijing), China’s average farm size is 0.66 hectare per household, with Heilongjiang Province having the largest average size (3.04 ha per household).

ChinaAg Comments

  • In September 2016, the USA appealed to the WTO to investigate the legality of China’s market price support (i.e. subsidies) for domestic producers of rice, wheat, and corn. Shortly thereafter, China’s Ministry of Commerce initiated anti-dumping duties on American DDGS. The anti-dumping duty required Chinese importers of American DDGS to pay a cash deposit of 33.8% of the total import value.
  • 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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