The government is considering whether to launch trade remedy measures against imports of broiler meat from the United States, the largest broiler exporter to China, China Animal Agriculture Association said.
The association, representing 20 large-scale broiler meat companies whose annual output accounts for more than 50 percent of the total, is worried losing market share to the US.
It recently sent a proposal to the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), claiming the large volume of the US imports and their comparatively lower prices have disrupted the Chinese poultry market, squeezing local companies' profits and hurting sales, Ma Chuang, vice-secretary general of the association, told China Daily in an exclusive interview.
"We are aware of the appeal from the industry and we will carefully study it and respond accordingly," said officials from MOFCOM.
The proposal, if enacted, will be the first trade remedy deal that China has launched in the agriculture industry and will seriously reduce the US broiler exports.
It comes at a critical time with China and the US embroiled in a row over possible tariffs imposed on some Chinese made tires. On Thursday, the United States Trade Representative is expected to submit the final proposal to American President Barack Obama on the issue. He will make a final decision in 15 days. China is expected to take retaliatory measures if Obama agrees to the tariffs.