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China hikes anti-dumping duties on U.S. animal feed

Animal feedChina has increased punitive tariffs on imports of a U.S. animal feed ingredient known as distillers' dried grains (DDGS) from levels first proposed last year.

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In a final ruling, the Commerce Ministry said that anti-dumping duties will range from 42.2% to 53.7%, up from 33.8% in its preliminary decision in September. Anti-subsidy tariffs will range from 11.2% to 12%, up from 10% to 10.7%.

The ruling is a major victory for China's fledging ethanol industry, which had complained the U.S. industry was unfairly benefiting from subsidies, and follows a year-long government probe.

Beijing said it found the domestic DDGS industry had "suffered substantial harm" due to subsidised imports from the United States.

China is the world's top buyer of DDGS, a by-product of corn ethanol that is used by feed mills as a substitute for corn and soymeal. China imports almost all of its needs from the United States, the largest exporter.

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