July 11, 2017
Source: National Pork Producers Council
The National Pork Producers Council and 17 other food and agriculture organizations, representing the vast majority of production agriculture, today sent a letter to the Trump administration urging it to refrain from placing restrictions on imports of steel and aluminum. The organizations are very concerned that such restrictions will boomerang against U.S. 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 U.S. agriculture in particular.” The groups pointed out that many countries that export the metals to the United States are also large importers of U.S. agricultural products. “The potential for retaliation from these trading partners is very real,” the groups say.
Under the 1994 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 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 organizations write, “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 urge the administration to “avoid igniting a trade war” through the imposition of restrictions on steel and aluminum imports.
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