ARA Sent Letter to USTR on Chinese Import Tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2019) – The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) sent a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert E. Lighthizer to associate our organization with the comments submitted by CropLife America (CLA) and Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) concerning proposed Section 301 tariffs on certain products imported from the People's Republic of China.

While ARA understands and supports the president's intent to call China to account for decades of broken trade promises, "our concern is that the agriculture sector is being asked to bear a disproportionate share of the burden and sacrifice one of our most important export markets as a casualty of the trade war, when a significant share of the beneficiaries from a resolution are outside of agriculture," said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock in the letter.

The best answer for everyone in the supply chain is to have our agricultural economy producing at top efficiency and ample export markets to serve. In this specific case of the List 4 tariffs addressed in the docket, we endorse the comments of CLA and RISE and urge the Administration to exempt the products listed in their comment document from any additional future tariffs, said Coppock in the letter.

To read ARA's full letter submitted to USTR, click here.

To read comments submitted by CLA and RISE in June, click here.