Protecting the Sheep Industry Means Protecting the Livestock Industry
"And what that says is if imports are a substantial cause injury to a domestic industry, then you could seek protections in the form of tariffs or tariff rate quotas. And that's exactly what we're seeking the sufficient and what a tariff rate quota is, is it provides a foreign country or countries a certain level that they could import products into the United States with a minimal tariff."
Bullard says it imports over the quota level then comes in at a higher rate.
"But once they hit the volume threshold of the tariff rate quota, then any imports that come in over that quota level would be at a very high rate."
The higher quota level would provide the US sheep industry the chance to rebuild and therefore be profitable again, according to Bullard.
He says they are in hopes that a trade investigation will be initiated by the US Trade Representative's office by the first of the year.