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US government removes penalty tariffs on Norwegian salmon

The US International Trade Commission has today decided to remove the more than 20-year old anti-dumping and countervailing duty tariffs imposed on Norwegian salmon entering the USA. The Norwegian government and the salmon industry have achieved this result through their participation in the U.S. review of the measure that began in 2011.

– This matter has fundamentally important commercial policy aspects that were important for us to clear up.  The salmon industry is very export-oriented and depends on fair and predictable trading conditions. That is why this is such an important decision, says the minister for fisheries and coastal affairs, Lisbeth Berg-Hansen.

In 1991, the USA introduced an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measure against import of whole fresh salmon from Norway. The WTO agreement obliges the US government to carry out a review of whether the punitive tariff should continue every fifth year.  One such review started in January 2011 and both the Norwegian salmon industry, represented by the Norwegian Seafood Federation (FHL) and the Norwegian Seafood Association (NSL), and the Norwegian government involved themselves in the review.

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