Sens. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, and Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, co-chairs of the Senate Chicken Caucus, released a statement in the wake of the World Trade Organization’s Jan. 18 ruling that China has failed to comply with an earlier ruling faulting them for anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on U.S. chicken imports.
“We are very pleased with the World Trade Organization’s decision supporting our position that duties imposed by China on U.S. chicken products are unfair and harmful to American farmers. As co-chairs of the Senate Chicken Caucus, we take unfair duties on U.S. poultry very seriously. China has imposed duties on U.S. chicken since 2010 and has been faulted by the WTO for them before,” wrote the senators.
“Despite China’s continued efforts to justify these duties, this latest decision from the WTO indicates that their rationale is not effective and their duties are, quite simply, an unfair trade practice. The economic health of America’s agricultural sector is directly tied to its access to foreign markets, and China should be held accountable for failing to abide by international trade agreements and effectively closing their market to American chicken farmers,” wrote the senators.