Bisquey business: Maine politicians mourn China’s lobster deal flop | Maine

Bisquey business: Maine politicians mourn China’s lobster deal flop | Maine

China has not lived up to its promise to buy more Maine lobster under a deal that opened the door to easing a trade war under Donald Trump, Maine’s congressional leaders say.

Maine’s lobster industry was hit by retaliatory tariffs in China in 2018, but could not see significant export gains after China pledged to buy an additional $ 200 billion in U.S. goods, the delegation claims.

Under the “Phase One Agreement”, China was to increase purchases above 2017 levels.

But China has bought “almost no lobster above 2017 levels,” according to a letter sent Thursday by Senator Angus King, an independent holding caucus with Democrats, and Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, both Democratic representatives.

They called on US Trade Representative Katherine Tai to “hold China accountable for its purchase commitments”.

The Republican senator from Maine, Susan Collins, previously sent a letter expressing the same concerns, calling for “swift and appropriate action.”

Maine’s sales of live lobster to China fell in the year after lobster tariffs were imposed in July 2018, and China moved its lobster purchases to Canadian retailers, industry officials said.

The sparring on lobster came when the US Trade Representative accused Beijing of failing to fulfill market opening promises made when it joined the World Trade Organization. China denied the allegations.

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