U.S./China Trade Dispute

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has accepted China’s request for a dispute panel to decide whether a U.S. ban on cooked poultry imports from China violates WTO trade rules.  The dispute panel will decide the impact on trade rules of Section 727 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, which prohibits the U.S. Department of Agriculture from taking action and expending funds to allow for the importation of cooked poultry products from China

The U.S. first imposed a ban on cooked poultry from China in 2004.  A legislative ban was instituted in December 2007.  The Omnibus Appropriation bill’s ban expires with the legislation on September 30, 2009.  This years agriculture appropriation bills address the issue with the House passed bill continuing the ban on USDA action for another year while the Senate bill lifts the ban if USDA determines that poultry imports from China are safe.

Dispute panel procedures usually take six to nine months.


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