WTO panel report finds China’s additional duties on U.S. imports inconsistent with WTO agreement

China’s additional duties measure was inconsistent with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT 1994)

China’s additional duties measure was inconsistent with the GATT 1994

The World Trade Organization (WTO) today released a panel report recognizing that U.S. Section 232 actions on steel and aluminum are security measures, and that China illegally retaliated with tariffs.

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According to a WTO summary, the panel found that China’s additional duties measure was inconsistent with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT 1994) because:

  • China failed to accord the advantage of lower tariff rates granted to products imported from other countries immediately and unconditionally to products originating in the United States
  • It resulted in the imposition of ordinary customs duties in excess of those provided in China's Schedule and accorded to imports from the United States treatment less favourable than that provided for in China’s Schedule

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