China Sets Anti-Subsidy Duties on US Chicken
September 1, 2010
The Associated Press reports, China has imposed anti-subsidy duties for five years on imports of U.S. chicken products after concluding producers received improper support, the Commerce Ministry said. Importers must pay tariff rates ranging from 4 percent to 30.3 percent on U.S. broiler or chicken products, starting Aug. 30, the ministry announced. The ministry said producers benefited from government subsidies that lowered feed prices and hurt Chinese competitors. The tariffs apply to chicken parts and whole birds but not to live chickens or cooked products such as chicken sausage. China imported 305,600 tons of U.S. chicken products in first half of last year, the ministry said on its website. Imports were 584,000 tons for all of 2008. Beijing and Washington also are embroiled in disputes over access to each other''s markets for steel pipes, movies and books and other goods.