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SCOTS SALMON SECTOR RELIEVED AT US TARIFF DECISION

Scots salmon sector relieved at US tariff decision

Scots salmon sector relieved at US tariff decision

The US has held back on the potential threat of raising import taxes for Scottish salmon.

In the latest round of increases, Washington is imposing a higher tariff on Airbus and aeroplane parts from the EU – but pulled back on including salmon and blended Scotch.

Hamish Macdonell, Director of Strategic Engagement for the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) said: “We are relieved that our farmers will be able to continue sending top quality Scottish salmon to the USA without any new barriers in their way.

“As the recently published export statistics show, the USA is a very important market for Scottish salmon with sales in 2019 valued at £179 million.  Most of our exports to the USA are fresh, chilled whole salmon but there is an increase in sales of salmon fillets – worth an additional £66 million which would have been hit by tariffs.”

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