USTR requests WTO panel vs. China on export restraints

Nov 04, 2009 | 01:01 PM | Scott Robertson

The U.S. government has requested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel to examine Chinese export restraints on numerous raw materials described as critical to U.S. manufacturers and workers, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) said Wednesday.

The raw materials at issue include bauxite, coke, fluorspar, magnesium, manganese, silicon metal, silicon carbide, yellow phosphorous and zinc. All are key inputs for numerous products in the steel, aluminum and chemical industries around the world.

The United States and the Europe Union requested formal consultations with China at the WTO on June 23 and Mexico filed a similar request Aug. 21. On Wednesday, the European Union and Mexico joined the U.S. in requesting the WTO establish a dispute settlement panel—the next step in the WTO dispute settlement process. The WTO Dispute Settlement Body will consider the U.S. request at a meeting scheduled for Nov. 19.....

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