West Coast senators push to loosen shrimp tariff

2012-06-21T16:48:00Z 2012-12-21T19:59:01Z West Coast senators push to loosen shrimp tariffBy Jessie Higgins, The World Coos Bay World
June 21, 2012 4:48 pm  • 

Senators from the West Coast have again asked the European Union to remove its tariff on cold water shrimp caught on the Oregon coast.

Currently the EU charges a 20 percent tariff on all Oregon shrimp, though almost half of the shrimp caught on the West Coast is shipped to the EU and European countries have expressed interest in buying even more.

This week, the European Commission will consider instating a small tariff free quota for West Coast shrimp entering the EU. A decision could be reached as soon as Monday, according to a spokeswoman at Sen. Jeff Merkley’s office.

Oregon Sens. Merkley and Ron Wyden and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski sent a letter to the prime minister of Denmark asking him to go before the European Commission and ask that the tariff be removed.

According to the letter, Denmark’s seafood industry desires the tariff be removed. Denmark’s demand for pink shrimp has outpaced the fisheries in Canada and Iceland, and consumers are looking to Oregon to fill the gap, it says. Thus, Denmark is a key stakeholder in any tariff discussion.

“We ask that you give the tariff removal full consideration to help facilitate a positive resolution to the challenges that this tariff asymmetry imposes on West Coast producers,” the letter reads.

Reporter Jessie Higgins can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 240, or jhiggins@theworldlink.com.

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