China appeals against WTO ruling on tyre exports to US

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China has appealed against the World Trade Organization's rejection of its complaint over punitive US tariffs on Chinese tyre imports, the trade body said Tuesday.

"On 24 May 2011, China notified the Dispute Settlement Body of its decision to appeal the panel report in dispute case DS399, 'US -- Measures Affecting Imports of Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tyres from China'," the WTO said on its website.

Beijing lost its case against Washington in December, when the WTO cleared the United States for invoking a safeguard clause in 2009 in the Asian giant's WTO accession agreement to impose punitive duties on Chinese tyres over three years.

WTO arbitrators ruled that China "failed to establish prima facie that the tyres measure exceeds the period of time necessary to prevent or remedy the market disruption."

The tyre dispute ignited the first trade spat of US President Barack Obama's presidency with the Asian giant, with warnings that a rise in Chinese-made tyres had cost more than 5,000 US jobs.

The United States can file a counter-appeal within 10 days.

© 2011 AFP

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