China appeals to WTO over decision on US steel


BEIJING–China has appealed a World Trade Organization panel’s finding that it has been unfairly imposing tariffs on a high-technology U.S. steel product.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said in a statement posted on its website late Friday that the WTO panel’s report, issued in June, failed to properly interpret relevant regulations. China asked a WTO appellate body to review the report.

The United States lodged a complaint in 2010 that challenged Chinese tariffs on U.S.-made grain-oriented flat-rolled electrical steel. China says it imposed the tariffs because U.S. “Buy American” provisions and state government procurement laws amount to a subsidy.