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WTO sets up panel on U.S. complaint against China's export restraints on raw materials

November 16, 2016

At the request of the United States, the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) established a panel to examine China's export restrictions on various raw materials.

The United States say that China continues to maintain export restrictions on certain raw materials, despite two prior DSB findings on other raw materials.

The raw materials included in the current complaint include antimony, chromium, cobalt, copper, graphite, indium, lead, magnesia, talc, tantalum, and tin.

The American government considers these materials as critical inputs to a range of industries in the U.S. and in other WTO members. The U.S. says the export restraints include export duties, export quotas, and restrictions on the rights of enterprises seeking to export, and considers the restraints inconsistent with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 and China's Protocol of Accession.

In a similar case, the European Union also requested the establishment of a panel to examine China's duties and other alleged restrictions on the export of various raw materials.

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