WTO finds China’s barrier against US violating trade rules


The World Trade Organisation decided that China’s anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of US chicken violate international trade rules. China was found to have inflated the ‘average cost of production’, that which is spread over all products, to form the basis for finding dumping. The panel also said China’s determination that US chicken imports were harming its domestic industry was inconsistent with WTO rules and therefore not subject to countervailing or anti-dumping duties. The US Poultry and Egg Export Council called the panel’s findings vindication for the industry, and expressed hope that it would end this dispute and restore “mutually beneficial trade in poultry products between China and the US”.