Senator Tom Carper supports the Obama administration’s decision to file a case with the World Trade Organization against China over that nation’s duties on imported American poultry products.
Carper says 13,000 agricultural jobs in Delaware are related to the chicken raising and processing industry and are threatened by China’s actions. Delaware’s senior Senator met with administration officials earlier this year to urge them to press for the removal of tariffs that China imposed last fall. “This hefty tax is misguided, harming U.S. poultry producers, including the chicken producers in Delaware who in recent years have counted China as one of our biggest foreign customers,” Carper says. He adds that he hopes China will lift the restrictions on US poultry products but is also looking to the WTO to step in and “enforce the rules on the books so that American poultry producers and workers get a fair shake.”