Taiwan ready to seek WTO settlement on Chinese fruit import ban – News
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September 20, 2021
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The Taiwan Agriculture Council says it is ready to seek a settlement of disputes with the World Trade Organization over China’s recent import ban on Taiwanese fruit. Vice Agriculture Minister Chen Junne-jih said on Monday that China had until the end of the month before Taiwan appealed.
The Chinese customs administration announced on Sunday that it was temporarily suspending imports of sugar apples and wax apples from Taiwan, from Monday. The administration says it’s because the consignments contained scale insects, an agricultural pest. Taiwan’s agriculture council said it had not received any complaints from China in recent months about fruit pests.
The Agriculture Council says China is acting against established procedure by unilaterally stopping imports. The council said it had sent a letter of complaint to Chinese authorities and would take the dispute to the World Trade Organization if China did not respond by the end of September.
Agriculture official Lin Chia-jung said this would be the first time Taiwan has brought an agricultural dispute to the organization.
President Tsai Ing-wen also condemned China’s decision to stop imports. She says this is not the first time that China has unilaterally violated international trade standards. Tsai also says the ban is not motivated by ordinary business considerations.
Local experts believe Taiwan is in a strong position to win the dispute. However, the settlement process can take from several months to two years.