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China contemplates imposing pork tariffs on EU exports, prompting stand-off

China contemplates imposing pork tariffs on EU exports, prompting stand-off Frozen, meat, Refrigerated Food and Beverage Business

The European Commission is currently examining China’s decision to launch an investigation into anti-dumping duties on EU pork and its by-products. This investigation comes in response to the EC’s recent proposal to impose tariffs on Chinese battery electric vehicles (BEV) due to unfair subsidization within China’s BEV value chain, posing a threat to EU producers.

Olof Gill, the EC’s spokesperson for trade and agriculture, emphasized the Commission’s commitment to analyzing China’s application and ensuring compliance with World Trade Organization rules. The investigation, initiated by China’s commerce ministry, could last up to a year, prompting the EC to closely monitor the proceedings in coordination with EU industry and member states.

The tit-for-tat between the EU and China has raised concerns about a potential trade war, impacting both EU pork processors and Chinese electric vehicle exporters financially. Denmark and Spain, significant exporters of pork to China, expressed apprehension about the prospect of a trade conflict.

Ulrik Bremholm, chairman of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, stressed the negative impact a trade war would have on production and food security, urging all parties to consider the consequences. Both Danish and Spanish industry bodies emphasized the need to de-escalate the situation to prevent catastrophic outcomes from a trade war.

In response to China’s investigation, the European Commission proposed imposing duties on Chinese electric vehicles if a resolution is not reached. The EC’s investigation, based on facts, aims to engage with Chinese authorities to address concerns in a WTO-compatible manner. The EC emphasized China’s procedural rights and the appropriate mechanisms available for resolution.

As the situation unfolds, industry stakeholders advocate for a balanced approach to trade relations and regulatory harmony between the EU and China. Interporc, representing the pork industry in Spain, expressed willingness to cooperate and provide necessary documentation to address anti-dumping allegations.

In conclusion, ongoing discussions between the EU and China highlight the importance of resolving trade disputes through diplomatic channels to mitigate economic repercussions on key industries. Maintaining transparency, adherence to international trade regulations, and constructive dialogue remain crucial in navigating potential conflicts.

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