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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Graves Praises International Trade Commission’s Vote to Uphold Fair Trade Practices Between U.S. and Mexico

October 21, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (R –  South Louisiana Louisiana) released the following statement after the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decided by a 6-0 unanimous decision that Mexico’s sugar industry harmed American producers by dumping subsidized sugar onto the U.S. market:

“This decision by the ITC confirms what we all knew and will help to level the playing field for our farmers.  It is unfortunate that many countries continue to use illegal tactics to distort competition in the agriculture, seafood and other industries” 

Graves continued: “Sugarcane production is major economic driver in Louisiana, employing thousands of people across the State.  Illegal dumping and illegal subsidies by foreign countries is a direct threat to our economy, and I’m encouraged that yesterday’s vote recognizes that fact. To be clear, I am a proponent of free trade but I believe that free trade must be fair trade. Louisiana can compete and win on a level playing field. The existing trade framework among Canada, Mexico and the United States was specifically designed to prevent subsidies and dumping to ensure fairness – a feature absolutely critical to free and fair trade.”

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