US Chicken Body Criticises China's Trade Action

US - The National Chicken Council says that China's 'anti-dumping investigation' is unjustified.
calendar icon 18 September 2009
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The US chicken industry has said that China's announcement of an anti-dumping investigation related to US poultry exported to China is unjustified.

"China's announcement is obviously in direct retaliation for the US action in putting tariffs on tyres made in China," said a statement from the National Chicken Council.

"Charges of dumping of poultry products are completely unjustified. Our companies engage in normal trade with China, not dumping. We believe chicken is being targeted by the Chinese because of the concerns they have expressed over the provision in the US appropriations act that prohibits the US Department of Agriculture from determining China's ability to ship fully cooked poultry products to the United States." China has requested a dispute resolution panel from the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the appropriations provision.

The United States exported 436,544 metric tons of chicken, valued at $376 million, to China in the first seven months of 2009. In 2008, the chicken trade with China totaled 757,786 metric tons valued at $682 million.

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