WASHINGTON (Aug. 11, 2014) — Both the United Steelworkers (USW) union and the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) hailed the U.S. victory before the World Trade Organization (WTO) in protesting China's export restraints on rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum.
The WTO's Appellate Body ruled Aug. 7 to uphold a dispute settlement panel's March 2014 decision that China's export restraints on those substances are inconsistent with its WTO obligations.
Those restraints, according to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, included export quotas, export duties and related export quota administration requirements.
“This report marks the end of the line for this dispute,” Mr. Froman said. “We have sent a clear message to our trading partners that we will be tenacious in protecting American businesses, American workers and the rule of law.”