WTO against US poultry ban (2)

09:46, June 17, 2010      

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The majority of the WTO panel of experts handling the dispute ruled in favor of China, according to a report by the China News Service.

The US can appeal against the decision, according to WTO rules, but the report will be considered the panel's final verdict if the US loses the appeal.

In April 2009, China filed an appeal with the WTO to protest a key clause in a US law, which prohibits Chinese exports of poultry.

China argued that section 727 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, which was signed into US law in March 2009, violates the rules of the world trade body.

According to the US law, no government funds should be made available for establishment or implementation of a rule allowing imports of poultry products from China - deemed a de facto ban on Chinese poultry products.

The US government has revised the law annually for several years, said Zhang.

"Actually, the 2009 law we complained about has already ceased to be in effect, and it's not clear if the ruling will have a binding effect on its successor, section 743 in Act 2010," Zhang said.

The latest WTO report will force the US to comply with free trade rules and restrict its discriminatory actions against China, which is highly significant given the growing number of trade disputes between the world's two major traders, she said.

"It's good news for China anyway; it will bolster our confidence in the multilateral trading system," said Cheng, the ministry official.Source:Xinhua
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