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Wisconsin cranberries on EU retaliatory tariff list

US president Trump's plan to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum, which potentially would affect EU trade severely, could have a negative effect on Wisconsin's cranberry growers.

They could lose access to their largest, overseas export market when the European Union would impose retaliatory tariffs on US cranberries.Cranberries were one of the US products the EU listed that could face import taxes. Harley-Davidson Inc. motorcycles were also on the list.

Tom Lochner, of the Wisconsin Cranberry Grower's Association, says this could have a big impact on state growers: "Wisconsin is the world’s leading producer of cranberries and we’re concerned about the proposed retaliation tariff on our products. The US annually exports about 43.000 tons of cranberries to the EU and the tariff would significantly hinder our ability to compete in those markets."

Wpr.org quoted Lochner as saying growers are calling on Wisconsin's congressional delegation to convince the Trump administration to change it's mind or at least narrow the proposed tariffs on steel and ultra-thin aluminum, adding that they are hopeful they'll be able to convince the president to change course.

Publication date: 3/9/2018


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