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China will levy anti-dumping duties of between 50.3% to 105.4% on imports of US chicken products from this week, according to ChinaDaily.com.

The report cited the Ministry of Commerce saying the US chicken industry has dumped broiler products into the Chinese market and caused substantial damage to the domestic industry.

“The ruling is that there is a causal relationship between the US dumping of broiler products and the losses suffered by domestic businesses,” according to the Ministry of Commerce.

The tariff rate for products China imports from Tyson Foods Inc and Keystone Foods LLC is 50.3% and that for Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation is 53.4%, according to the statement.

Sanderson Farms Inc and 31 other American companies face duties of 51.8%. Other US producers face a 105.4% duty.

The anti-dumping measures will be applied to the products for five years, according to the report.

The move comes after China imposed anti-subsidy duties ranging from 4% to 30.3% on US chicken products in late August for five years, after it concluded US producers had received improper government subsidies and hurt the domestic industry.

In 2008, US exports of chicken products to China rose 12.34% year-on-year to 584,300 tonnes.

About 305,600 tonnes of US chicken products landed in China in the first half of 2009, up 6.54% year-on-year and representing 89.24% of China’s total chicken product imports. – Source: ChinaDaily

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