U.S. senator warns of investigative hearings on Korea's beef import restrictions

US - A U.S. senator who will chair a trade subcommittee in the next Congress warned he will seek investigative hearings on South Korea and other countries that restrict U.S. beef imports.
calendar icon 22 December 2006
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Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) said he was willing to seek tariffs against such countries if necessary.

In a letter dated Tuesday to U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, the senator singled out South Korea with accusations of unfair practice in rejecting American beef. Dorgan is expected to chair the Senate commerce subcommittee that has jurisdiction over trade issues in the incoming Congress.

"I intend to push for hearings in the Commerce Committee to investigate actions by foreign governments -- including South Korea -- to unfairly restrict our exports," he said.
"And if it proves necessary to introduce legislation to impose tariffs against countries that reject science-based standards in agricultural trade, I intend to work with my colleagues in the Senate to do just that." South Korea banned U.S. beef in December 2003 after mad cow disease cases were reported at an American cattle farm. It decided to resume imports in September this year for boneless products.

Source: Yonhap News
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