BISMARCK, N.D. (April 4, 2018) – Gov. Doug Burgum today issued the following statement regarding China’s proposed tariffs on more than 100 U.S. products, including agricultural commodities such as soybeans, wheat, corn, sorghum and beef.
“Trade supports tens of thousands of jobs in North Dakota and provides access to foreign markets that are vitally important to our economy, especially during periods of low commodity prices like this,” Burgum said. “These proposed tariffs are particularly concerning for North Dakotans considering China is our fourth-largest export market and a major buyer of our agricultural products, including our No. 1 export market for soybeans. Disrupting that trade relationship puts our farmers at a disadvantage, and we urge the administration to negotiate a deal that benefits U.S. producers and blocks these proposed retaliatory tariffs from taking effect.”