WTO decision in United States-China dispute over subsidy duties

Decision allowing China to impose tariffs of approximately $645 million with regard to imports of U.S. goods

Decision allowing China to impose tariffs of approximately $645 million

The World Trade Organization (WTO) today announced that a WTO arbitrator has issued a decision allowing China to impose tariffs of approximately $645 million with regard to imports of U.S. goods.

Read the WTO release and a two-page summary [PDF 269 KB] of the WTO decision in “United States — Countervailing Duty Measures on Certain Products from China” (DS437).

Summary of key findings

According to the WTO webpage:

  • Before the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), China requested DSB authorization to suspend concessions or other obligations to the United States with respect to goods under the agreements described in Article 22.3(g)(i) of the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) at an annual amount of $2.4 billion.
  • According to China, this was equivalent to the level of nullification or impairment caused by the U.S. failure to implement the DSB recommendations and rulings concerning the imposition of countervailing duties on a range of Chinese products, and the investigations leading to the imposition of such duties.
  • The WTO arbitrator determined that the appropriate level of nullification or impairment was approximately $645 million per annum. The arbitrator concluded that, in accordance with Article 22 of the DSU, China may request authorization from the DSB to suspend concessions or other obligations at a level not exceeding $645.121 million per annum.

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