A diverse group of more than 40 American food and agriculture leaders sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on tariffs. The groups are asking for the suspension, reduction, or elimination of tariffs to ease the burden of retaliatory tariffs on rural America. The letter was led by Farmers for Free Trade and came as the administration is working on a mandatory review of recently increased tariffs. Tariff changes are under review as part of the White House’s efforts to address inflation. “Tariff relief could not come at a more important time,” the letter says. “Rural America and small businesses are facing significant challenges due to the lingering impacts of COVID-19, logistical and supply chain disruptions, record inflation, and the increasing impact of the war in Ukraine.” The groups say removing tariffs on food and agriculture inputs and subsequent removal of burdensome retaliatory tariffs would provide immediate relief to U.S. food producers.
Over 40 Groups Ask USTR for Tariff Relief