WTO Sides With China Over Shrimp, Saw Blade Zeroing

Law360, Los Angeles (June 8, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT) -- A World Trade Organization panel on Friday agreed with China’s claims that the U.S. Department of Commerce had violated a 1994 trade agreement when it used zeroing to calculate anti-dumping duties on warm-water shrimp and diamond saw blades.

“We conclude that the [U.S. Department of Commerce] acted inconsistently with Article 2.4.2 of the anti-dumping agreement by using zeroing in the calculation,” the panel ruled Tuesday. “[W]e recommend that the United States bring its measures into conformity with its obligations under this agreement.”

Friday’s ruling marked a...
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