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China Launches WTO Litigation over EU Poultry Meat Tariff Quota Dispute

Posted April 09, 2015

Under International Trade Issues

(Xinhua News Agency)

China launched a WTO litigation over dispute with the European Union (EU) on poultry meat customs quota management on Wednesday.

The EU signed up a quota assignment treaty with Brazil and Thailand on poultry meat products in 2012, which took effect in March 2013. The move is believed to have violated WTO rules, according to Sun Jiwen, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce.

The treaty dented the interests of Chinese poultry meat exporters and failed to ease concerns after China’s repeated calls for proper settlement, Sun said.

China hoped that the dispute could be settled within the WTO mechanism to protect the interests of domestic market players, Sun added.

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