WTO TELLS CHINA TO SCRAP COMPLEX AUTO PARTS IMPORT DUTY SYSTEM

BY KEITH NUTHALL

IMPORT duties imposed by the Chinese government on auto-parts, when China-based assembly plants fail to use a minimum proportion of China-manufactured parts, have been declared illegal at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
A disputes panel ruled today that these tariffs broke China's free trade commitments under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and so should be scrapped. The decision is a victory for the United States, the European Union (EU) and Canada, which worked together in bringing the case, although ...


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