WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins today announced success in winning a major victory for the Maine lobster industry as part Phase One of the United States’ newly signed trade agreement with China. It is a victory eighteen months in the making.
inclusion of this provision in the Phase One Trade Agreement is a significant
victory for Maine’s lobster industry, which has been unfairly harmed by
retaliatory tariffs,” said Senator Collins.
appreciate USTR Lighthizer’s responsiveness to the concerns industry members
& I raised and for his efforts to secure the provision in the
agreement. I will continue to fight on behalf of our state’s lobstermen
and women as well as the small businesses that rely on this industry, and I
will continue to work with my colleagues in the Maine delegation to address the
numerous challenges the industry faces,” Senator Collins continued.
agreement will provide lobstermen and women a more level playing field and
stabilized access to China’s rapidly growing market for imported seafood
products. Senator Collins is doing an incredible job looking out for the
interests of Maine’s workers and industries in our trade agreements and
negotiations,” said USTR Lighthizer.
As part of
the overall negotiation on Phase One of the deal, American representatives
negotiated to level the playing field and secure purchase agreements for
American goods. As a result of Senator Collins’ work, lobster is specifically
highlighted in the agricultural goods section of the agreement.
Representative Robert Lighthizer called Senator Collins personally to deliver
the good news. He attributed the victory to Senator Collins “tenacious”
the announcement, Senator Collins laid out a timeline of the various pieces of
advocacy that went into the victory.
That advocacy included work with USTR Lighthizer, the Maine Lobsterman’s Association, the Maine Lobstering Union and Senator Collins’ direct outreach to a number of government agencies, such as NOAA, the Commerce Department and USDA.
President Donald Trump signed the trade agreement, the first phase of the agreements with China designed to end a trade dispute, at the White House today. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He was on hand to sign on behalf o the Chinese government.