Alaska-caught salmon removed from proposed tariffs
The trade war between the United States and China continues, but Alaska seafood producers could be getting a break thanks to the work of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and the rest of Alaska's Congressional delegation.
Late last month, the U.S. Trade Representative announced that certain Alaska-caught salmon will be excluded from the list of seafood imports subject to tariffs. This allows Alaska seafood producers who send salmon to China for processing to bring back those products to the U.S. tariff free.
Murkowski has pushed for months for a national trade policy that supports seafood producers and coastal communities. Murkowski has also been vocal on seafood tariffs, In July, Senator Murkowski questioned U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the Trump Adminstration's trade strategy and how USTR plans to support foreign markets for Alaskan seafood.
"I have been concerned about the impact that China's tariffs on American seafood will have on Alaska's economy and urged President Trump to work towards a trade policy with China that protects these critical markets for our seafood industry," Murkowski in a prepared statement. "This announcement is good news for our seafood industry, meaning Alaskans won't be taxing our own salmon products as they return to the U.S. for domestic consumption."
On June 15, China announced a 25-percent tariff on a range of American seafood products to retaliate against U.S. tariffs targeting industrial good and technologies.
In turn, the U.S. responded by imposing a 10 percent tariff on seafood imports arriving from China, and on Sept. 18, the USTR announced that these tariffs will increase to 25 percent effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Now certain frozen salmon fillet products imported into the U.S. are now exempt from these tariffs.
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