6 May 2004

American Samoa opposes concessions for Thai tuna

8:27 am on 6 May 2004

American Samoa's Congressman is opposing duty free treatment for canned tuna products from Thailand.

Faleomavaega Eni says he and StarKist have strongly recommended to the International Trade Commission that tuna be treated as highly import sensitive in the upcoming US-Thailand Free Trade agreement negotiations.

He says that the 80 per cent of the territory's economy that is dependent either directly or indirectly on the tuna canneries is at risk, which is StarKist Samoa and COS Samoa Packing.

He said any fluctuation in global tariff rates also places American Samoa's canneries at risk.

Its unclear when ITC will make a recommendation on the Thailand trade agreement to the US Trade Representative, who will then make a recommendation to the White House.