Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) and Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Chicken Caucus, welcomed advance notification of the Mexican government's decision to delay the implementation of anti-dumping duties on U.S. chicken leg quarters. In June 2012, the Congressional Chicken Caucus sent a letter to Ambassador Ron Kirk, the U.S. Trade Representative, expressing its concern that antidumping duties would have a devastating economic impact on the U.S. Chicken Industry and supporting industries.
"Mexico's decision to delay duties on U.S. chicken leg quarter imports comes as great news to the poultry industry in Georgia and across the entire nation," said Congressman Bishop. "Especially in light of our current economy, no farmer, rancher, or poultry producer should have to sustain the damage unwarranted anti-dumping duties would inflict upon the market."
"Gratuitous anti-dumping duties hurt chicken producers across the country," said Congressman Crawford. "Arkansas chicken producers welcome Mexico's decision to delay duties on U.S. chicken leg quarters."
The decision comes after the Mexican government spent eighteen months investigating allegations of dumping of U.S. chicken leg quarters. After a meeting of the National Chicken Council, the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, and high ranking officials within the Mexican government, the Mexican Foreign Trade Commission has announced anti-dumping penalties will not be applied to imports of chicken leg quarters until the H7N3 avian influenza outbreak in Jalisco, Mexico dissipates, normalizing Mexican domestic market pricing.
U.S. chicken companies directly employ over 300,000 workers, producing products worth a wholesale value of over $45 billion dollars annually with major operations in more than 30 states. Further, there are more than 40 companies that contract with about 25,000 family farmers to produce market-ready broilers, hatching eggs and pullets.