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   Sen. John Kennedy Wants Chinese Crawfish And Shrimp On The Trade Tariff Menu
by Drew Broach, | The Times-Picayune
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 at 3:55PM EDT

As some congressional Republicans fret over President Donald Trump's threats to impose tariffs on Chinese imports, GOP Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana has mostly held his peace. Until this week, however, when he suggested slapping duties on Chinese shrimp and crawfish, too.

"Including crawfish and shrimp would provide a much-needed economic boost to the Louisiana seafood industry, which supplies the finest seafood in the world," Kennedy wrote in a letter Tuesday (April 17) to the White House. "For years, Chinese companies have dumped inferior, sometimes fraudulent, seafood products into the American marketplace, and Louisiana industries have suffered as a result."

The volume of Chinese crawfish imported to the U.S. has held fairly steady in recent years, according to data from the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service. The price, however, is much higher than it was in 2005.

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