China Terminates Major Agriculture Trade Investigation of Hogan Lovells Client

WASHINGTON, D.C., 25 June 2012 – China’s Ministry of Commerce announced on 21 June 2012 that it has terminated its antidumping investigation against U.S. DDGS exports to China. The original applicants in the case withdrew their petition, which had alleged that they had been injured by U.S. exports of DDGS.  No anti-dumping tariffs will now be imposed on U.S. DDGS exported to China. Prior to the legal proceeding, these exports accounted for over $500 million in annual U.S.-China trade.

Hogan Lovells represented the U.S. Grains Council in the Chinese DDGS investigation. The Council organized and coordinated the U.S. industry’s response to the Chinese injury investigation, and led the defense of the U.S. industry in evidentiary hearings in Beijing.  Commenting on the decision to terminate the case, the Council expressed its appreciation for the thoughtful and constructive way in which the various agencies and stakeholders in China collaborated to resolve this important trade issue. The Council also commended the efforts of the broad coalition of U.S. stakeholders that devoted time and resources to the matter.

The Hogan Lovells team advising the U.S. Grains Council was led by Ambassador Clayton Yeutter, Mark McConnell, and Deen Kaplan. Several additional Hogan Lovells lawyers also contributed as part of the Council’s team.

Commenting on the decision to terminate the case, Mark McConnell said, “We are gratified to see this excellent result for our client, its member companies and U.S.-China trade. The decision to terminate the case is a victory for all involved, including the many industry leaders in China working together to develop China’s livestock industry, and to control food costs for Chinese consumers."

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