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Ag Groups Worried About Import Restrictions

13 July 2017

US - The National Pork Producers Council and 17 other food and agriculture organisations, representing the vast majority of production agriculture, sent a letter to the Trump administration this week, urging it to refrain from placing restrictions on imports of steel and aluminum.

The organisations are very concerned that such restrictions will boomerang against US food and agriculture exports.

The groups warned that "the aftermath [of restrictions on steel and aluminum imports] could be disastrous for the global trading system and for US agriculture in particular."

The groups pointed out that many countries that export the metals to the United States are also large importers of US agricultural products.

"The potential for retaliation from these trading partners is very real," said the groups.

Under the 1994 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Article XXI, national security can be a legitimate reason to restrict trade, but it rarely is cited.

"No country can dictate another’s national security needs," the organisations wrote.

"so now every country with a sensitive industry would know that it could follow the example of the United States and find a national security reason to circumvent trade commitments, no matter how flimsy the reason might be."

The farm groups urged the Administration to "avoid igniting a trade war" through the imposition of restrictions on steel and aluminum imports.

You can view the letter sent to the Trump administration by clicking here.

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