China Sets Higher Duties on U.S. Poultry

China Sets Higher Duties on U.S. Poultry

Specific rates designated for processors reviewed during investigation.

China will increase and extend for five years its anti-dumping duties on imports of U.S. chicken products.  China's Ministry of Commerce says the duties will now be raised to a range of 50.3% to 105.4%. In February China set its anti-dumping duties at 43.1%. The ministry says the U.S. chicken industry has dumped broiler products into the Chinese market and caused substantial damage to the domestic industry.

The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council says this new announcement imposes specific anti-dumping duty rates for three poultry processors whose exports to China were reviewed during in an investigation: Pilgrim's Pride, 53.4%; Keystone Foods, 50.3%; and Tyson Foods, 50.3%. The final duty-rate for the 32 other poultry processors who export to China and registered in the investigation will be 51.8%. The "all-others" rate for any poultry processors that did not register will be 105.4%.

Richard Lobb of the National Chicken Council told Meatingplace that overall, this is not a new burden on trade. These duties are in addition to countervailing duties ranging from 4% to 30% to offset what China sees as U.S. poultry industry subsidies, including crop insurance and the economic stimulus package.

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