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US takes salmon, cod off Chinese import tariff list; pollock set to see hike by December

The US government will impose a 10 percent tariff increase on $300 billion (€267.3 billion) worth of Chinese imports that include Alaska pollock by Dec. 15, a move that is being applauded by the Alaska seafood industry.

"It's a really good outcome for the Alaska seafood industry," Matt Tinning, director of public affairs for the At-Sea Processor's Association (APA), told IntraFish. He confirmed salmon and cod, which were originally on the list of products that would be subject to the new tariff increase, no longer appear on the list of affected products, while pollock remains.

The Alaska pollock industry has been fighting pollock's tariff exemption since it was put in place last fall, where members of the APA said the exemption inadvertently gave Russian pollock producers a price advantage on the US market.

"We are pleased with the exemptions," Jeremy Woodrow, executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), told IntraFish. "While the United States and China continue to find balance with trade, this is a nice reprieve for the Alaska seafood industry."

The Office of the US Trade Representative posted two separate lists Tuesday of consumer products imported from China that are set to see additional tariffs--one 122-page-long list that includes milk, yogurt and cheese is still scheduled to take effect Sept. 1.

"Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent," the release from the USTR said.

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