WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two of the United States’ largest food industry trade organizations weighed in on the side of fresh Atlantic salmon from Chile in an increasingly high-profile international trade dispute. The National Restaurant Association and the Food Marketing Institute lent their support to the Salmon Trade Alliance by recently becoming members, said Alliance Membership Director Mark Spatz.
The Salmon Trade Alliance, a coalition of more than 75 United States businesses and trade associations, opposes anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions filed this past June by U.S. salmon producers against the fresh Atlantic salmon coming from Chile.
The group of U.S. salmon producers, who filed the anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions June 12, lost a preliminary decision Nov. 12 when the U.S. Department of Commerce determined that Chilean government subsidies to the country’s salmon farmers were not substantial enough to warrant countervailing duties. A preliminary decision on the anti-dumping portion of the case is scheduled for Jan. 8.