China: Export quota on coke (fuel) for 2011
On 8 July 2011, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced the 2011 second batch of export quota on coke. In accordance with the statement on MOFCOM website, 41 companies were accredited as qualified coke exporters.
The second batch quota is 3,819,249 tons, while the second batch export quota on coke in 2010 was 2,900,913 tons (with 43 qualified companies), increasing 31.7 percent year on year compared with 2010.
In 2009, Mexico, the US and the EU jointly filed a complaint to the WTO for China’s restricting nine raw materials (coke included) through setting quotas, imposing export duty, etc. On 5 July 2011, WTO released the “Panel reports out on China’s export measures on various raw materials”, finding that China’s application of export quotas, export duties, export price requirements are inconsistent with China’s obligations under the GATT 1994, China’s Accession Protocol and China’s Working Party Report. And the Panel recommends that the Dispute Settlement Body requests China to bring its restrictions into conformity with its WTO obligations.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date of inception: 8 Jul 2011
GTA Evaluation: Amber
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