China Ends U.S. Sorghum Investigations
USGC: Step in the right direction for trade relations
As China-U.S. trade talks resume in Washington, China says it is dropping an anti-dumping investigation into imported U.S. sorghum, saying it is not in the public interest.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the Commerce Ministry said in a statement Friday that it was ending the probe because it concluded that "anti-dumping and countervailing measures" on imports would have affected the cost of living for Chinese consumers.
The ministry started investigating U.S. sorghum earlier this year after finding that large volumes and falling prices hurt Chinese producers.
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U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight said the USGC is pleased to see news from China's Ministry of Commerce that it has terminated its anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases related to U.S. sorghum and is revoking preliminary duties on imports of the grain.
"This is critical good news for U.S. sorghum producers and exporters, and U.S. agriculture as a whole," he says. "We are grateful for the intense efforts of the White House, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and, particularly, the U.S. sorghum industry as these cases were considered.
USGC has worked closely with partners in China since 1982 in the areas of food security and trade.
"U.S. sorghum exports to China are mutually beneficial, and we are grateful MOFCOM looked at the facts of the matter and decided to restore this trade," says Sleight.
"Today’s development is also a step in the right direction for U.S.-China trade relations, and we hope it is a platform for further lessening of tensions and challenges facing U.S. grains exports to China."