Trade dispute ends in favor of U.S. growers

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Staff Writer

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has announced a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel found that China has administered its tariff-rate quotas for wheat, corn, and rice inconsistently with its WTO commitments.
China’s administration is not transparent, predictable, or fair, and it ultimately inhibits trade-rate quotas from filling, which, in effect, denies U.S. farmers access to China’s market for grain.
The panel report is the second significant victory for U.S. agriculture this year, and, together with the victory against China’s excessive domestic support for grains, will help American farmers compete on a more level playing field,” Lightizer said.
“This second important victory for the United States further demonstrates that President Trump will take all steps necessary to enforce trade rules and to ensure free and fair trade for U.S. farmers. The Administration will continue to press China to promptly come into compliance with its WTO obligations,” he said.
China’s grain tariff-rate quotas have annually underfilled, according to the USDA, which estimates that if they had been fully used, it would have imported as much as $3.5 billion worth of corn, wheat and rice in 2015 alone.
As a condition of being admitted to the WTO, China made commitments specific to its administration of TRQs, including the commitment to administer them in a transparent, predictable, and fair basis, using clearly specified administrative procedures and requirements that do not inhibit the filling of each TRQ. In August 2017, the United States requested that the WTO establish a dispute settlement panel to consider whether China administers its TRQs for long-grain rice, short- and medium-grain rice, wheat, and corn in a manner inconsistent with its WTO commitments.

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