Oats removed from retaliation list NAMA praises USTR decisionJanuary 31, 2005
CONTACT: TerriTodd, Director of Communications
Washington, DC – January 31, 2005 – NAMA praised a USTR (United States Trade Representative) decision to eliminate oats from a list of EU (European Union) products to be hit with increased duties beginning March 1, 2005. The retaliation list is in response to an EU decision to raise duties on brown rice imports. The United States’ decision comes after months of unsuccessful negotiations between the EU and the United States to resolve the trade dispute.
NAMA requested USTR remove oats from the retaliation list. Oat imports from either Canada or the EU supply nearly 50 percent of all United States’ oat uses, and up to 90 percent of food uses. The USTR decision to remove oats from the retaliation list protects the oat milling industry from disruptions in the oat market that would limit the industry’s ability to provide American consumers with a basic staple food that is wholesome and affordable.
NAMA has 48 member companies operating 170 wheat, corn, oat and rye mills in 38 states, 150 cities, and Canada. The aggregate production capacity of NAMA’s membership is more than 160 million pounds of product daily, which is about 95% of the total U.S. capacity.