China appeals to WTO against U.S. duties on Chinese diamond saw blades

14:19, July 23, 2011      

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The Ministry of Commerce on Friday announced that the country has made an appeal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to conduct a review of the zeroing measure used by the United States in slapping anti-dumping duties on diamond saw blades from China.

According to a statement on the ministry's website, the country has made the request following its previous complaint to the WTO in February for a similar measure used by the United States. in calculating dumping margins for certain frozen, warm-water shrimp from China.

An official with the ministry said these two cases not only violated specific zeroing regulations of the WTO, but they also levied disproportionately high tariffs on the subject imports from China, which caused damage to the country's shrimp and diamond saw blade industries.

The official said China expected a proper solution of these issues under the WTO dispute-settlement mechanism.

On Dec. 8, 2004, the United States decided to slap anti-dumping duties of up to 112.81 percent on Chinese shrimp. On Nov. 4, 2009, it further imposed anti-dumping duties on Chinese diamond saw blades.

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