China Firms File for Dumping Probe of EU Pork, Global Times Says

(Bloomberg) -- Chinese industries filed a formal request to authorities for an anti-dumping investigation into pork imports from the European Union, the state-run Global Times said, citing information from a “business insider.”

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The move comes a day after the bloc announced new tariffs on Chinese electric cars, escalating tensions in one of the world’s key trading relationships. Beijing responded by vowing to “take all necessary measures” to safeguard the rights of the country’s businesses.

In the run-up to the EU announcement, China had hinted via state media at various potential targets if it decided to retaliate, including pork products and some types of cars. Beijing already launched an anti-dumping investigation into European brandy imports in January.

China imported 1.55 million tons of pork last year and slightly more than half of it came from Europe, according to customs data. Spain was the largest EU supplier, with sales of 382,000 tons.

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