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VN files third complaint against US at WTO

Update: January, 16/2018 - 15:00
Việt Nam has filed a complaint to the WTO against the US’ anti-dumping measures on Vietnamese fish export. — Photo seatimes.com.vn
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HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has filed a complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against the United States’ anti-dumping measures on Vietnamese fish export.

This was announced by the Ministry of Industry and Trade on Sunday.

According to the WTO filing, Việt Nam is seeking consultations with the US government about certain American anti-dumping regulations, practices and determinations in administrative reviews on fish fillet from Việt Nam.

According to the Nhân dân (People) newspaper, Việt Nam has accused the US of improper use of zeroing methodology that results in a higher level of anti-dumping duties on foreign producers, as well as other practices inconsistent with WTO.

Việt Nam has also voiced concern that the US has broken rules on dispute settlement while turning down Vietnamese exporters’ request for a revocation of the anti-dumping measures, although they are eligible for such a revocation.

The request for consultation is the first mandatory step in WTO’s dispute settlement procedure.

The US will have 60 days to resolve the complaint, failing which Việt Nam can request adjudication from WTO.

This is the fourth time Việt Nam has initiated a dispute at WTO, after two previous complaints against the US’ anti-dumping measures on certain shrimps from Việt Nam and one against Indonesia’s safeguards on certain Vietnamese steel products.

In 2017, Việt Nam gained a year-on-year increase of 5.5 per cent in total export value of tra catfish to US$1.75 billion. China was the largest market for the export of Vietnamese tra fish products, while the US ranked second. — VNS

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