China had removed the duties last year as the U.S. pressed its case with the
The duties, which ranged from 2% to 21.5%, were placed on large American-made cars and sport utility vehicles starting in 2011 and last year affected about two-thirds of the $8.5 billion worth of U.S. auto exports to China, administration officials said.
China is the second-largest foreign market for U.S. automakers.
"This is the third time that the United States has prevailed in a WTO dispute challenging China's unjustified use of trade remedies," said U.S. Trade Representative
The other recent cases involved disputes over specialty steel and chicken broiler products.
The Chinese Embassy in Washington could not be reached for comment
China enacted the anti-dumping and countervailing duties after it said that imported American vehicles had been sold at below fair-market value and had benefited from U.S. subsidies, such as the bailouts of
In the latest case, U.S. trade officials said Beijing was unable to show that any U.S. auto subsidies harmed the Chinese auto industry.
In 2013, $5.1 billion of those vehicles were exported to China. Senior U.S. trade representative officials did not have an estimate of the effect of the duties on American sales in China from 2011 to 2013.
"In the global economy, we have to have a level-playing field in order to be able to export and in order to be able to compete in a fair way," she said. "And if we have a level playing field, we win."