21 Sep '11, 4am

US-China chicken trade dispute heats up

US-China chicken trade dispute heats up

WASHINGTON DC: A trade war may be looming after the US accused China of imposing wrongful trade duties on US poultry exports. Beijing imposed the duties last year after Washington raised barriers to imports of Chinese chickens and tyres. The US has asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to look at Beijing's duties on the billion-dollar chicken trade. The US was China's largest chicken supplier with over 600,000 metric tons exported in 2009. Since duties were imposed last year, exports to China are down 90 per cent. "Our goal is to get real results for American exporters and support American jobs when jobs is the number one item on America's agenda, and particularly those jobs that depend on trade, including the almost 300,000 in the poultry industry that are affected by this particular case," said US Trade Representative Ron Kirk. China's decision to impose countervailin...

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