The European Union knowledgeable the White Home that it’s going to eliminate tariffs on US lobsters, Maine Sen. Susan Collins stated Friday.
Collins, a Republican in a good re-election race, stated lobstermen beforehand confronted an 8- to 30-percent tariff when exporting stay and frozen lobsters to the EU.
Canada was in a position to undercut US lobstermen as a result of the EU beforehand eradicated tariffs on lobsters from Canada.
“Putting U.S. lobster on a degree enjoying area with Canadian lobster is a major victory that may reopen this profitable market to Maine lobstermen and ladies,” Collins stated in a launch.
The information offers Collins an accomplishment to current to voters as she tries to fend off Democratic candidate Sara Gideon. It could additionally assist President Trump in Maine, the place he gained only a single congressional district and one electoral vote in 2016.
Annie Tselikis, govt director of the Maine Lobster Sellers’ Affiliation, advised The Hill that lobstermen misplaced enterprise not too long ago due to Chinese language tariffs and that Europe is a “previously profitable and demanding export vacation spot.”
Trump visited Maine final month to rollback restrictions on offshore fishing.
“I went to Maine plenty of occasions, the place we simply freed up lobster fishing and fishing,” Trump boasted in a current speech. “They took away 5,000 sq. miles from Maine. I simply opened it up.”
In a tweet, the president wrote, “Get pleasure from your ‘lobstering’ and fishing! Make plenty of cash!”
It’s unclear what the US might have traded in alternate for the tariff elimination, which Collins stated is predicted to final 5 years.