WASHINGTON - Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following statement regarding yesterday's announcement by China that it would be imposing a tariff on U.S. poultry:
"Yesterday China announced that it is imposing import tariffs on American poultry. I am disappointed that China has moved forward with a shortsighted tariff on U.S. poultry imports. This hefty tax certainly hurts U.S. poultry producers, including the chicken producers in my state who in recent years have counted China as one of our biggest foreign customers. The tariff also hurts Chinese citizens who will now have to pay a lot more to enjoy U.S. poultry products, which are a major staple of their diet. This announcement is unfortunate and does not help U.S.-China trade relations. I am hopeful that we will reach a satisfactory resolution to this situation, and look forward to working with my colleagues to be as helpful as possible in addressing this important issue."