Brazilian Chicken Exports to China Face Anti-dumping Measures

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China recently enacted anti-dumping tariffs on Brazilian chicken imports in an effort to encourage consumption of domestic product, the commerce ministry said in a statement issued late last week. Poultry demand in China is rising, and between 2013 and 2016 more than 50 percent of China’s chicken meat imports came from Brazil, which the ministry claims hurt domestic producers. Tariffs ranging from 18.8 to 48.4 percent depending on product value will be applied to incoming shipments from 9 June onward. Top chicken exporter Brazil will be hurt significantly by these measures as it recovers from last month’s crippling truckers’ strike. The feed shortage that the strike caused led directly to the costly slaughter of 70 million chickens. Furthermore, the new tariffs come at a time when the United States is struggling to regain access to China’s poultry markets. Gro Intelligence subscribers benefit from poultry trade and consumption data that keeps them current on economic developments.

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