Ag and Trade Industry Groups Cheer Move to End Section 232 Tariffs on Canada and MexicoSat, 18 May 2019 22:13:24
Agricultural groups expressed their support of the ending of Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum against Canada and Mexico.
In earlier stories, the Oklahoma Farm Report reported on the National Pork Producers Council and US Wheat/National Association of Wheat Growers reactions shortly after news was released on this move by the Administration. Click or tap on the group's names above for their comments.
Beyond that- Here are several additional statements released after word came from the Trump Administration on Friday:
A statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight:
"The U.S. Grains Council is encouraged by the announcement of a deal to lift Section 232 tariffs and countertariffs on goods traded between our country, Canada and Mexico. Our two neighbors are among our best customers for every grain and grain product the Council promotes, and efforts to continue to build stronger relationships with them, including through the pending U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), are critical."
The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.
“Today’s lifting of steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexican and Canadian imports and the elimination of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products by Mexico and Canada is welcome news.
“Retaliatory tariffs are a drag on American farmers and ranchers at a time when they are suffering more economic difficulty than many can remember. Elimination of these tariffs should help pave the way for approval of the USMCA by Congress. Likewise, keeping an eye on today’s deal should address concerns about dumping and unfair subsidies.
“With this milestone reached, we urge negotiators to continue their work toward re-opening markets with the European Union, China and Japan. The Farm Bureau believes in fair trade. Eliminating more tariffs and other trade barriers is critical to achieving that goal.”
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Colin Woodall, today released the following statement in response to a deal that will lead Canada and Mexico to drop retaliatory tariffs against U.S. producers:
“NCBA is grateful to President Trump for working with Canada and Mexico to resolve the steel and aluminum tariff situation. Removing this trade barrier opens the door for Congress to ratify the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA). NCBA strongly supports the USMCA, and now is the time for Congress to work with President Trump to ratify the USMCA as soon as possible. We cannot afford to delay action on this monumental agreement.”
Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the national campaign comprised of over 150 of America’s largest trade organizations from across retail, tech, manufacturing and agriculture, today released the following statement after the Trump administration reached a deal to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico.
“We are encouraged by the long-overdue news that the U.S. will lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico. These tariffs, and the retaliation they caused, have hurt American farmers, manufacturers, businesses and consumers across the country. We hope that in the coming days, as the administration sees the folly of imposing tariffs and taxing Americans, they build on this progress by negotiating a deal with China and abandoning the latest tariff threats.
“Today’s action is also an important reminder that Congress can, in fact, assert its authority over international commerce and secure an end to tariffs. The administration's decisive action on tariffs is a direct response from key congressional leaders who demanded relief for American businesses and consumers who are paying the tariffs. Members of Congress should waste no time in standing up for their constituents who will pay more for clothes, toys, food, electronics, farm and other heavy equipment and more if the administration’s latest tariff threat takes effect.”
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement supporting the Trump Administration’s decision to end tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico:
“We are encouraged by the Trump Administration’s decision to end tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico. Today’s action responds to the concerns voiced by equipment manufacturers and we strongly support it,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM. “But there is still a lot that must be done to better support equipment manufacturers and the 1.3 million men and women of our industry. While today’s decision helps our member companies conduct business in North America, we are urging Congress to immediately ratify the United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) agreement. By doing so, Congress will preserve duty-free access to our industry’s largest export markets, Canada and Mexico, and help our farmers sell more of their products at a time of incredible economic difficulty.
Slater continued, “We also continue to urge the President to completely remove all steel and aluminum tariffs on America’s other trading partners around the world, and end all the protectionist tariffs hurting U.S. farmers, American families, and our national economy. We need our elected officials to make it easier, not more difficult, for American businesses, manufacturers and farmers to be competitive in a 21st century global marketplace.”
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