Agr. Groups Urge Caution On Whaling-Related Trade SanctionsMonday, October 16, 2000
AMI joined 18 other agricultural organizations and companies in signing an October 11 letter to the President, which cautions against imposing trade restrictions on Japanese goods that would violate U.S. obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Administration has threatened to slap penalties on U.S. imports of Japanese goods in response to Japan’s recent decision to renew harvesting of whales for "research" purposes. The industry group noted that by imposing restrictions on imports of Japanese goods, the U.S. could potentially be found guilty of violating its WTO obligations. This could lead to WTO-approved sanctions on U.S. products shipped to Japan. Because Japan is the largest export market for U.S. farm-produced goods, meat and other products would be especially vulnerable to Japanese counter-action.