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U.S. will file new WTO case against China's export restraints on key raw materials

October 18, 2016

The Government of the United States has requested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel to examine China's export restraints, including duties and quotas, on eleven raw materials.

The raw materials include: antimony, chromium, cobalt, copper, graphite, indium, lead, magnesia, talc, tantalum, and tin.

These raw materials are key inputs in vital industrial sectors such as steel, automotive, aerospace, construction, and electronics.

The American government says China's export restraints on the raw materials provide an unfair competitive advantage to Chinese industry at the expense of manufacturers in the United States.

In two previous disputes the WTO found that China's imposition of export duties and export quotas on two different sets of raw materials was inconsistent with China's WTO commitments.

Through this new WTO action, the United States seeks to extend and reinforce the important victories obtained in those two previous WTO challenges.

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