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US Removes Penalty Tariffs on Norwegian Salmon

US and NORWAY - The US International Trade Commission has decided to remove the over 20-year-old anti-dumping duties on Norwegian salmon in the United States.

"This case is a fundamentally important industrial and trade policy issue. The salmon industry is highly export oriented and dependent on reliable and predictable trading conditions. This is an important decision," says Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen.

The US introduced the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures against imports of whole fresh salmon from Norway in 1991. The WTO agreement requires the US government every five years to undertake a review of whether the punitive duty will be continued.

Such a review was initiated in January 2011, and both the Norwegian salmon industry, represented by the FHL and the NSL, and Norwegian governments signed up to the case.

Lucy Towers

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