23 February 2019

China files WTO appeal on US tariff law amendment, Xinhua says

China has filed an appeal to the World Trade Organization, seeking to overthrow a ruling by a WTO panel that a US tariff act amendment was consistent with WTO rules, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing a Ministry of Commerce statement.

The GPX Act of 2012 retroactively ratified US anti-subsidy measures on non-market-economy countries. The United States began anti-subsidy probes into Chinese products in 2006 with no legal basis, according to the newspaper.

China entered the WTO dispute settlement mechanism in 2012, arguing that the US act violated WTO rules.

On March 27, a WTO panel ruled that the US failed to investigate whether double remedies arose in 25 parallel countervailing duty (CVD) and anti-dumping proceedings initiated between 2006 and 2012 against imports from China, and therefore violated WTO rules, the report said.

The CVD and anti-dumping duties and the GPX Act are double remedies against Chinese exports, the commerce ministry said.

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