NFI’s Robert DeHaan testifies before the International Trade Commission

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Washington D.C.- The United States International Trade Commission is investigating the economic impact of Section 301 tariffs on American industries. Since 2018, the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has argued that tariffs imposed on seafood have increased costs for US seafood processors, punished US seafood harvesters using seafood processing. China for products destined for the United States and deprives American exporters of competitive access to the world’s largest market. seafood market.

In today’s testimony, Robert DeHaan, NFI Vice President for Government Affairs and Trade Counsel to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for Animal Products, said: “The law of the article 301 on incoming seafood has increased costs for US seafood importers and processors, making their products and workers less competitive and less affordable, forcing them and their customers to bear a massive increase taxes. Even taking into account the value of applicable tariff exclusions, NFI estimates that U.S. seafood companies — mostly small businesses — have paid about $700 million in Section 301 tariffs since the entry into force of the list 3 tariff.”

DeHaan noted, “China has responded to USTR actions with its own tariffs, targeting exports of US goods. From the summer of 2018, these reprisals have targeted fish. Quickly, the PRC imposed tariffs of 10 and then 25% on salmon, lobster, Alaska pollock, cod, halibut, sole, whiting, crab, oysters and a dozen other species caught in the United States. The results were predictable. The Chinese market, which in 2017 accounted for more than a quarter of all US seafood exports, lost more than half a billion dollars in value.

“The price impacts of Section 301 tariffs on Chinese products are highly regressive, making it harder for low- and middle-income American families to access seafood in the freezer aisle at retail, as well as in fast-casual and fast-food restaurants. Accumulating tariffs in addition to record food inflation could ultimately put the affected items out of reach for these families.

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