Monday, June 21, 2010

WTO Rules Against U.S. Ban on Chinese Poultry Products


China has won an interim ruling over the U.S. ban on Chinese poultry exports from World Trade Organisation, which ruled the American curbs on Chinese poultry were violating international trade laws, the China Daily reported [June 17].

The report said that the U.S. ban violated the WTO's Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures that govern food safety measures in global trade, regulations on most-favoured-nation treatment and general elimination of quantitative restrictions under the WTO framework.

According to the report this was the first time that China had challenged U.S. laws.

It quoted a Chinese commerce ministry official as saying, that the U.S. was unlikely to attempt a similar ban next fiscal year, “for it will be regarded as open defiance of the latest WTO ruling.”