The U.S. chicken industry said today that China’s announcement of an anti-dumping investigation related to U.S. poultry exported to China is unjustified.
“China’s announcement is obviously in direct retaliation for the U.S. action in putting tariffs on tires made in China,” said a statement from the National Chicken Council. “Charges of dumping of poultry products are completely unjustified. 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.” China has requested a dispute resolution panel from the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the appropriations provision.
The United States exported 436,544 metric tons 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 metric tons valued at $682 million.
The National Chicken Council represents integrated chicken producer-processors, the companies that produce and process chickens. Member companies of NCC account for approximately 95 percent of the chicken sold in the United States.