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High Five
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Oregon exporters say a European tariff meant to protect a now-defunct Scandinavian fishing industry is costing the West Coast about 1,000 jobs.

The tariff is among the trade barriers Oregon is asking the Obama administration to reduce in order to boost exports.

Oregon exporters say they encounter shipping-container shortages, tight credit, border delays, inconsistent regulations, trade-promotion glitches and travel-visa problems. It's a wonder that the state rang up almost $15 billion in foreign sales last year -- close to 9 percent of Oregon's gross domestic product.

Charles Kirschbaum, Pacific Seafood Group cold-water shrimp-sales manager, told members of the U.S. International Trade Commission last week that the Clackamas company could help achieve the administration's goal if Europe would open the floodgates to West Coast shrimp.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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