Spain Seeks To Avert Trade War After China Announces Pork Anti-Dumping Probe

By Reuters
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Spain Seeks To Avert Trade War After China Announces Pork Anti-Dumping Probe

Leading EU pork exporter Spain said it was working with European Union officials to avoid damaging tariffs after Beijing said it would open an anti-dumping inquiry.

China's investigation appears mainly targeted at Spain, the Netherlands, France and Denmark, the three biggest EU exporters of pork to China.

Its announcement follows the European Commission's announcement last week that it would impose anti-subsidy duties on imported Chinese cars from July.

Economy minister Carlos Cuerpo said Spain and the EU were working to find a balance that avoided a trade war while protecting its products from unfair trade practices.

"Just as there can't be a trade war, there can't be a subsidy race either," Cuerpo, who is also Spain's trade minister, told a conference in Santander. "We are already working through the European Union to find solutions that will provide a way forward without damaging the sector."


Agriculture minister Luis Planas said he did not expect immediate measures after China said the investigation, begun on Monday (17 June), could last more than a year.

'Room For Understanding'

"I hope and expect that there will be room for understanding, for negotiation, and to avoid the imposition of tariffs on agricultural and food products," Planas told reporters in Madrid.

The investigation announced by China's commerce ministry on Monday will focus on pork for human consumption, such as fresh, cold and frozen whole cuts, as well as pig intestines, bladders and stomachs.

Spain exported 560,488 tonnes of pork products worth €1.2 billion ($1.29 billion) to China in 2023, representing 20.3% of its total pork exports by volume and 13.7% by value, according to Interporc, Spain's pork producers' association.


Spain accounts for 21% of China's total pork imports, according to Interporc.

Elsewhere, the lobby group Danish Agriculture & Food Council told Reuters that Denmark's pork industry will be "hit incredibly hard" by potential Chinese import restrictions on European meat.

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