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U.S.-based National Fisheries Institute: Both U.S. and China are wrong with tariffs

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The U.S.-based National Fisheries Institute has made a statement on the current trade tariffs imposed by the US and China that include seafood, describing this as a “misguided strategy.”

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“The United States and the People's Republic of China (PRC) have established their positions on seafood in the current trade dispute,” said National Fisheries Institute president John Connolly.

“The misguided strategy, that sees the U.S. and PRC placing unwarranted tariffs on the other’s seafood products, will only hurt workers and consumers in their own countries. American jobs at processing plants throughout the country are at risk of losing raw material from China.

“That means American workers suffer,” he said, and commented that grocery stores and restaurants thrive when they offer the public options, while tariffs ultimately are taxes on American consumers that limit choice.

“Meanwhile, Chinese consumers will also be deprived of high quality Maine lobsters, squid from New Jersey and California, and cod, pollock, and salmon from Alaska. The Dr Seuss story of Two Zax who stand forever facing each other without compromise is not where this dispute should end,” he added.

“The National Fisheries Institute calls on policy makers in both countries to demonstrate real leadership by sitting down and negotiating before lasting and unnecessary damage is done,” John Connolly said.

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