H.R. 6517, the Omnibus Trade Act of 2010, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives this week and includes a key provision of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) that will reduce expenses for sheep producers.
The legislative package includes a suspension of tariffs on imported nylon wool packs that producers use to transport wool from the farm or ranch to the wool mill. The tariff alone can amount to nearly a dollar a pack, so this is a helpful cost savings for producers.
"Our industry appreciates the leadership of Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.) in securing this provision in the U.S. House," stated Glen Fisher (Texas), ASI president. "The packs are not manufactured in the United States, so we have no choice but to import them, therefore, being subject to the import duty."
Nunes added that he was pleased to support the tariff relief for sheep producers in California and nationwide. "Managing expenses in the sheep business is key to success, and the trade package provided the opportunity to suspend the tariff."
On the Senate side, ASI is working with Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.) to secure passage of the package including the wool pack provision in the final days of the 111th Congress.