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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:11 PM
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US to slap tariffs on EU, claiming unfair rice barriers
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I would, any day! And the sooner the better!
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http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1520&nc...

US to slap tariffs on EU, claiming unfair rice barriers

Fri Jan 28, 4:15 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said it was slapping punitive tariffs on several European food products in retaliation for what Washington called unfair limits on US rice sold in the EU market.
The office of the US Trade Representative said it was acting under World Trade Organization ruling after failing to reached agreement EU officials over access to the European rice market.

"The EU unilaterally decided last September to change its rice import system by raising tariffs on brown rice imports above the rate to which it had agreed as part of the EUs Uruguay Round obligations," the trade representative's office said in a statement. "The new system unfairly limits the access of American rice farmers to the European market, affecting US brown rice exports valued at approximately 33 million dollars a year on average since 1999."

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"I'm disappointed we have not been able to resolve this dispute with Europe. We feel that the new European system is unfair," said Trade Representative Robert Zoellick. "We have been trying for months to find a fair resolution that balances the concerns of both sides. Since we have not resolved this problem through negotiations, we have to notify the WTO of our intent to exercise our rights to withdraw concessions."

The action by Washington imposes tariffs on EU products including yogurt, processed cheese, witloof chicory, brussels sprouts, mandarin oranges, paprika, saffron, artichokes, truffles, antipasto, olives, sauerkraut and peaches.




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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:17 PM
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1. Rice? They can have Her
:silly:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 01:51 PM
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10. Apparently they don't want her either
You read my mind
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idlisambar Donating Member (916 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:18 PM
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2. The real problem
It seems that these days, the trade dispute headlines are all about farm/fishing products -- Beef in Japan, Shrimp with Vietnam/China, and now this. Zoellick would earn his money better if he went to bat for our manufactured products once in a while.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:18 PM
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3. golly gee, what a thing to have a spat over
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Massacure Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:29 PM
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4. I wonder if Europe will retaliate.
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Oversea Visitor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:38 PM
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5. What
Happen when they slap back. EU is 28 nations strong. Guess who win.
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Fitzgibbon Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:46 PM
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6. Hate to break it to you but the States doesn't do free trade!
Steel. Softwood lumber. Those are just the ones that pop to mind. And the latter one's been being kicked around for nearly a century.
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idlisambar Donating Member (916 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:09 PM
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7. Are you Canadian?
I am guessing based upon your concern for U.S. lumber protectionism.

Despite certain counterexamples, generally speaking, the U.S. has had its markets wide open to foreign goods in the post-WWII period. Even more so in the liberalization era after the late 70's.

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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 08:38 AM
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8. Hi Fitzgibbon!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 01:50 PM
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9. And Don't forget
We STILL don't let ALL Canadian Beef in, what's it been, 3 years now? :hurts:

Yet our Farmers whine after 1 or 2 months.
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