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McCarthy Commends Commerce Decision Supporting CA Garlic Farmers and Packers

Aug 24, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy commends the U.S. Department of Commerce for recently acting to protect the interests of Central Valley and California garlic farmers.  This decision will bring more business to local farms, providing greater economic opportunity for families throughout the Central Valley.  California’s fresh garlic growers-packers represent nearly all the United States’ commercial fresh garlic production.

In early June, the U.S. Department of Commerce determined that Qingdao Tiantaixing Foods Company and its Chinese affiliates were taking advantage of U.S. antidumping laws.  Per McCarthy's suggestion, Commerce closed illegal “export funneling” by raising antidumping rate on these companies.  In addition, Commerce also dismissed efforts by these Chinese garlic producers to “impersonate” the U.S. garlic industry for purposes of misusing U.S. antidumping laws.  McCarthy issued the following statement on the decision:

"I applaud the actions taken by Secretary Ross and the International Trade Administration on illegal Chinese garlic exports.  We cannot allow China and other bad agriculture actors to take advantage of U.S. trade laws to work against American farmers.  The actions that Commerce has taken ensures that these Chinese garlic exporters do not receive an unfair competitive advantage over American farmers.  I am pleased that Commerce heeded our call to ensure a level playing field for our garlic producers. When there is a level playing field, American farmers will continue to lead the world.”

Click here for a copy of Congressman McCarthy’s letter to Secretary Ross.

Click here for a copy of Secretary Ross’s letter to Congressman McCarthy.