Global Processing

US Chicken Industry to Appeal China''s New Tariffs

September 27, 2010
The Associated Press reports, a group representing the nation''s chicken exporters said U.S. producers did not sell their products at unfairly low prices in China and plans to appeal new tariffs imposed by China. The Chinese government said that its investigation found that U.S. chicken products are being sold at low prices, which undermine the local market. New import duties ranging from 50.3 percent to as much as 105.4 percent will take effect today and last for five years. The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council said in a news release that the yearlong investigation, which culminated in the tariffs, was in retaliation for another trade dispute with the U.S. China was the largest importer of U.S. chicken in 2009 at $752.5 million but has been embroiled for months over duties imposed on U.S. chicken producers. The Chinese government said the new duties will replace ones imposed in February after preliminary results of the probe showed U.S. chicken was being sold at low prices -- a process called "dumping."