The Chinese government said yesterday that it is studying an
interim report issued by the World Trade Organization on complaints
by the European Union, United States and Canada about China's tax
measures on auto parts imports.
China is carefully studying the report and is preparing to
submit its opinions to the WTO panel, said a government statement
issued by the Chinese mission to WTO.
China respects the dispute settlement procedures of the WTO and
will not make comments on the case until the final ruling is made,
it said. A WTO panel ruled on Wednesday that China improperly taxes
imported auto parts at the same rate as finished autos. The US, EU,
and Canada said that deters auto makers from making cars in China
using imported parts.
The decision is officially only an "interim ruling," with a
final decision to be released later this year, but no panel has
ever changed its findings between an interim and final
Zhou Shijian, an official with China's WTO research body, told
the Global Times that China's practice of levying the same
tariffs on the imported auto parts that account for at least 60
percent of the car cost as whole cars to prevent the importers
dodging taxes falls in line with the WTO rules.
The tariffs are meant to stop auto makers from importing cars in
sections and then assembling them.
(Shanghai Daily, February 15, 2008)