The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Appellate Body rejected China’s appeal against a panel rulings in a dispute over China’s import duties on US grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel (GO) and upheld the panel’s findings on Oct. 18.

The Appellate Body found that the panel did not err in its application of certain WTO agreements and did not act inconsistently with its duty to make an objective assessment of the price effects analysis of China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

A WTO panel circulated its report on June 15, which backed most of the claims of the United States, saying that China had acted inconsistently with WTO rules governing the use of countervailing duties with respect to each of the 11 programmes at issue.