U.S. Wins Trade Enforcement Case for American Farmers

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-percent 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.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow applauded the ruling. She called it a great victory for American agriculture and added that it shows the importance of enforcing trade rules. Noting the importance of agriculture exports to the economy - Stabenow said we must continue holding countries like China accountable for their illegal trade practices. When other countries cheat on trade rules - she said we need to act swiftly to get justice before the WTO to protect American businesses and workers.

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