Secretary Perdue Statement Regarding Chinese Duties on U.S. Sorghum

Milo sorghum grows in a field on the farm of Gary Johnson, in Waukomis, Okla, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. The government is on the verge of approving sorghum, a grain mainly used as livestock feed, to make a cleaner version of ethanol. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

(Washington, D.C., April 18, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding China’s announcement of duties of almost 179 percent on U.S. sorghum imports:

“The international grain market is about the freest market there is, and it is ludicrous to even mention ‘dumping,’ because China can buy product from anywhere they choose. This is clearly a political decision by the Chinese and we reject their premise. Our sorghum producers are the most competitive in the world and we do not believe there is any basis in fact for these actions. As we explore options, we are in communication with the American sorghum industry and stand united with them. The fact remains that China has engaged in unfair trade practices over decades and President Trump is correct in holding them accountable. We remain committed to protecting American agricultural producers in the face of retaliatory measures by the Chinese.”