Alaska crab, salmon targeted by Chinese sanctions
A round of Chinese tariffs on American products has gone into effect, in an apparent retaliation to U.S. sanctions on Chinese products, underscoring rising tension over trade relations between the two nations.
Included in the latest round of Chinese sanctions is a 25 percent tariff on U.S. Seafood, including most Alaska products.
According to The Alaska Marketing Institute, the following species are affected:
- Salmon: frozen, canned, roe
- Herring: frozen, roe
- Pollock: frozen, roe, surimi
- Pacific cod, sablefish, rockfish, Atka mackerel
- All flatfish species
- Geoduck, sea cucumber
- King, snow, Dungeness crab
Products not affected by the sanctions include:
- Fresh salmon, herring
- Fish meal, fish oil
Alexa Tonkovich, executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute said the list comes from research firm McDowell Group, which cites the U.S. International Trade Commission, National Marine Fisheries Service, China Ministry of Finance. Tonkovich said the list is based on the available information and is subject to change pending further clarification.
Garrett Evridge, an economist with the McDowell Group, said the information is nuanced because more than half of Alaska seafood exported to China is for reprocessing. According to Evridge, some sources in China are reporting that seafood sent to China for processing will not be subject to the tariff.
In an interview about the tariffs Wednesday, Gov. Bill Walker said that seafood sent to Asia for secondary processing is not taxed.
China is Alaska's largest trade partner. In 2017, Alaska exported $1.3 billion to the Asian nation. Seafood exports to China totaled $796.2 million -- according to a report by Shelley James, Walker's Director of International Trade.
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