Chinese Firms May Request Investigations into EU Pork and Dairy Imports

Chinese firms are considering requesting anti-subsidy and anti-dumping investigations into European dairy and pork imports, according to a statement from the country’s commerce ministry on Thursday. This development comes in response to the European Commission’s recent decision to impose additional duties of up to 38.1% on imported Chinese electric cars starting in July, prompting global food companies to brace for potential retaliatory tariffs from China.

In response to a question from Reuters, commerce ministry spokesperson He Yadong stated, “Chinese domestic industries reserve the right to file an application to open an investigation to safeguard normal market competition and their legitimate rights and interests.”

Reports from China’s state media indicate that domestic companies are preparing to request such investigations, which could lead to prolonged trade suspensions. The state-backed Global Times newspaper reported on Saturday that Chinese companies plan to ask authorities to initiate an anti-subsidy investigation into certain EU dairy products and an anti-dumping investigation into some European pork products, citing an unnamed “business insider.”

Earlier this year, in January, China commenced an anti-dumping investigation on brandy imported from the EU following a complaint from the China Alcoholic Beverages Association on behalf of the domestic brandy industry.

Chinese authorities have hinted at possible retaliatory measures through state media commentaries and interviews with industry figures. The commerce ministry spokesperson mentioned that an “investigating authority” would review any application and make a public announcement if it met the necessary “filing conditions.”

As the situation develops, global food companies and other sectors remain on high alert for potential trade disruptions.