The United States has won a major case at the World Trade Organization on behalf of the nation’s chicken producers. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker made the announcement Friday.
A WTO dispute settlement panel agreed with the U.S. that China’s imposition of higher duties on chicken broiler products – which was followed by an 80% drop in American exports of those products to China – is unjustified under international trade rules. The panel found that China violated numerous WTO obligations in conducting its investigations and imposing anti-dumping duties and countervailing duties on chicken imports from the U.S. Vilsack said this is an important victory for the U.S. poultry industry and for American farmers and ranchers. He said the U.S. can now look forward to seeing China’s market for broiler products restored.