On September 20, 2011, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that the United States has requested dispute consultations, a first step in a World Trade Organization dispute, with China. The request challenges China’s “anti-dumping and countervailing duty measures on broiler products from the United States.” The consultation request letter alleges that the duties are inconsistent with provisions of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade of 1994 (GATT 1994). According to the press release from Office of U.S. Trade Representative, since the implementation of these duties U.S. exports of broiler products to China have decreased by 90 percent.
Click here to read the USTR press release
Click here to read the consultation request letter
Written by Andy Schwabenbauer, Research Fellow
September 27, 2011