AFIA Disappointed by USTR’s Additional Tariffs on Chinese Imports

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) shares in the disappointment with many others throughout the agriculture community on the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) announcement yesterday to impose an additional tariff of 10 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, effective Sept. 24, 2018.

U.S. animal food manufacturers use many different types of ingredients in animal feed and pet food and depend on imports of some ingredients that have limited domestic availability. In addition, the variety of ingredients produced globally gives them more choices on where and how to source their ingredients.  The United States’ imposition of tariffs on Chinese products has already negatively affected the U.S. animal food industry in the way of retaliatory measures by China on U.S. products exported to China. In addition, retaliatory measures as a result of the United States’ actions yesterday further escalate this trade war and continue to hinder the U.S. feed industry’s ability to manufacture safe, quality and affordable feed products, as well as maintain and increase market opportunities and access in China.

Gina Tumbarello, AFIA’s director of international policy and trade, stated:

AFIA and its members value free and fair global trade and mutual respect between trading partners. Increasing tariffs on Chinese products restricts the flow of commerce, stifles fair and open competition and leads to retaliatory measures that can further harm the animal food industry. China is an important market with even greater potential, but the administration’s actions are not aiding the U.S. animal food industry in securing market access, but rather, further hindering it. We encourage our trade officials to seek discussions with China to remedy concerns rather than continuing to resort to tariffs.”

Founded in 1909, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal food industry and its suppliers. The organization’s membership is comprised of more than 680 domestic and international companies that represent the total feed industry—manufacturers of commercial and integrated feed and pet food, ingredient suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, industry support and equipment manufacturers. AFIA members manufacture more than 75 percent of the feed and 70 percent of the non-grain ingredients used in the country. AFIA is also recognized as the leader on international industry developments, and holds membership in the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF).