Chicken council calls poultry investigation 'unjustified'

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The Ministry of Commerce for The People’s Republic of China on Sept. 13 launched dumping and subsidy investigations into chicken and automobile products from the United States, sparking outrage from the National Chicken Council, which called the anti-dumping investigation "unjustified." The move came two days after President Barack Obama imposed tariffs on tires from China.

While Chinese manufacturers have complained they are being harmed by unfair competition, the N.C.C. said the move by the Ministry of Commerce was "obviously in direct retaliation for the U.S. action in putting tariffs on tires made in China."

"Charges of dumping of poultry products are completely unjustified," the N.C.C. said. "Our companies engage in normal trade with China, not dumping. We believe chicken is being targeted by the Chinese because of the concerns they have expressed over the provision in the U.S. appropriations act that prohibits the U.S. Department of Agriculture from determining China’s ability to ship fully-cooked poultry products to the United States."

In June, China asked the World Trade Organization to set up a dispute resolution panel to investigate U.S. restrictions on imports of Chinese poultry products.

According to the N.C.C., the United States exported 436,544 tonnes of chicken, valued at $376 million, to China in the first seven months of 2009. In 2008, the chicken trade with China totaled 757,786 tonnes, valued at $682 million.

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