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AMI Opposes Tariff Hike on Casein and Milk Proteins

Thursday, June 7, 2001

AMI has joined eight other national associations in opposing legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate that would increase the cost of imported casein and milk protein concentrate by mandating new import restrictions on these products. In a June 5 letter to all members of Congress, AMI and its coalition partners emphasized that imposing new trade restrictions on these products would be the worst form of protectionism since there is no domestic production of these products. Further, since tariffs on these items have been "bound" in the WTO, any access restriction would obligate the United States either to compensate adversely affected trading partners by lowering U.S. tariffs on other imported goods of interest to the countries adversely affected, or face retaliation, where higher duties would be imposed on selected U.S. exports. In either scenario another U.S. sector likely would have to pay the bill for the increased protection afforded to dairy producers. A copy of he June 5 letter is available at: http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=BilateralIssues&NavMenuID=141&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=410

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