China drops duties on U.S. broilers

Market remains closed to U.S. poultry and egg exports due to ongoing avian influenza ban imposed in 2015.

China’s decision to drop antidumping and anti-subsidy duties on U.S. broilers as of Tuesday was welcomed by the U.S. industry, but the decision is not expected to have any immediate, direct impact because China's market remains closed to U.S. poultry and egg exports due to an ongoing avian influenza ban imposed in 2015.

The World Trade Organization in January required China to remove the duties, which were first imposed in 2010.

Regarding the possible reopening of the Chinese market to the U.S. in light of China’s latest action, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council president Jim Sumner said, “We’re always hopeful, but we’re not overly optimistic. Nevertheless, we consider it a very positive sign that we have prevailed in this WTO case, and we hope that it sends a signal to other countries that the U.S. does not engage in dumping activities. We are especially appreciative of the U.S. Trade Representative’s relentless effort during many years of hearings and appeals before the WTO, which ultimately allowed the U.S. to prevail.”

“This is welcome news and a step in the right direction, and we’ll continue to work to reopen the Chinese market to U.S. broiler products and paws,” National Chicken Council president Mike Brown added. “I want to thank those in the Administration who continue to work with us to get the avian influenza ban lifted, including representatives from USTR, (Food Safety & Inspection Service, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service) and members of Congress.”

This action comes at a time when China and the U.S. are engaged in a dispute over a number of trade issues involving a variety of products.

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish