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WTO to have second meeting on US blocked panel on poultry ban
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16:36, July 24, 2009

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A special meeting of WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) will be held on July 31, 2009 at China’s request to consider for the second time China’s application for the establishment of a WTO expert panel to examine the US ban on poultry imports from China.

WTO says that the US has blocked China’s panel request on DSB meeting on July 20.

According to the WTO dispute settlement mechanism, an expert panel is automatically set up if the request is made for the second time.

The center of the dispute is Section 727 of the US Omnibus Appropriation Act of 2009, which states that “none of the funds made available in this Act may be used to establish or implement a rule allowing poultry products to be imported into the United States from the People's Republic of China”.

US President Obama signed the Act on March 11, 2009, making it law.

China claimed that the law led to a complete ban on the import of poultry products from China into the US, thus violating various WTO rules.

According to WTO, China also said that the US Congress was currently in the process of formulating a new appropriation act and that certain Congress members were still insisting on inserting new discriminatory provisions to restrict imports of poultry products from China.

Consultations with the US were held on 15 May 2009 but failed to settle the dispute, hence China's request for the establishment of a panel.

WTO released on its website that the US expressed disappointment that China had chosen to proceed with a panel request.

The US also said that the measure identified by China would, by its terms, expire at the end of the current US fiscal year on 30 September 2009, and that a public debate was underway in the US Congress as to what conditions, if any, should be attached to the use of appropriated funds in the next fiscal year with respect to the import of poultry products from China.

By People's Daily Online

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