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Multi-Industry Coalition Urges USTR to Avoid Further Trade Escalation with China

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute joined 150 organizations in comments submitted to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressing opposition to proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to the U.S., warning against the detrimental impacts of further escalating trade tensions with China. In response, China has vowed to levy tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, including U.S. hides, skins and leather products.

"Continuing the tit-for-tat tariff escalation with China only serves to expand the harm to more U.S. economic interests, including farmers, families, businesses and workers," the coalition wrote in the comments. "Our organizations agree that longstanding issues in China have negatively impacted many U.S. companies, and we support the administration's efforts to negotiate meaningful, binding and long-term solutions with the Chinese government, but applying these high levels of tariffs on Chinese products will continue to miss the mark."

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