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Meat Institute Grassroots Letter Opposes Use of Tariffs in Trade Disputes, Cites Risks of Retaliatory Measures from Close Trading Partners

Saturday, June 9, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute last week sent members a grassroots letter expressing opposition to the use of tariffs as a means of resolving trade disputes. The use of tariffs, the letter contends, will only result in retaliatory tariffs against U.S. agricultural products, especially meat and poultry exports. As an example, the letter cites Mexico’s recent decision to levy tariffs on certain U.S. pork exports in retaliation for duties the U.S. imposed on imported Mexican steel and aluminum. The letter, which can be customized with company-specific information, underscores the economic benefits of trade to the meat industry and emphasizes the importance of ensuring favorable trade agreements that increase market access for U.S. meat exports.

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