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SCOTS SALMON FARMERS CALL FOR EARLY RESOLUTION ON US TARIFF THREAT

SCOTS SALMON FARMERS CALL

Scots salmon farmers call for early resolution on US tariff threat. The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation says every effort must be made to head-off Scottish salmon being a potential target for US tariffs.

According to a report on the BBC, the potential move by the USA is in retaliation against EU subsidies given to plane-maker Airbus. Single malt whisky is already subject to a 25% tax, having been added to an initial round of tariffs in October.

Julie Hesketh-Laird, CEO of Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, said: “We are disappointed to see Scottish salmon products are now on a potential target list for US tariffs.

“If imposed, these tariffs would not be in the interests of Scottish salmon farmers or the US consumer who enjoys a premium quality product from Scotland.

“We would urge early resolution of the dispute to ensure our American customers continue to have access to the world’s premium salmon.”

The total value of Scottish salmon exports to the US last year was about £170m, although this round would only target salmon fillets.

Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) is at the centre of Scottish salmon farming’s industry-wide initiatives and public communication, acting as a trusted source of information and a strong industry voice. The organisation plays a central role in representing its members on political, regulatory, media and technical issues in Scotland, the UK, EU and internationally.

Salmon farming is a major contributor to the Scottish local and national economies. Farmed salmon is a key part of Scotland’s world-renowned food industry, accounting for around 40% by value of Scottish food exports. It represents a huge Scottish success story, an outstanding example of a ‘good food’, both in terms of its exceptional nutritional value and its standards of production. It has been awarded EU PGI status, marking its quality and distinctive origins, and it was one of the earliest international food products to be awarded the coveted French Label Rouge designation.

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