Bakers, bread makers and other food companies have been lobbying the U.N. to allow them to sell more of their goods without tariffs.
They say that’s a win-win for consumers and farmers, but it would leave food manufacturers, including them, with fewer market share and less money to invest in production.
Now the International Trade Commission is considering whether to consider a petition from the makers of the world’s most popular bread.
The petition is calling for an increase in the minimum price of bread and other packaged foods sold by the food and beverage industries, to help them compete with cheaper Chinese imports.
The companies are also asking the commission to consider the possibility of a temporary exemption for breads from tariffs on products such as bread, cheese and meat.
“I hope the government will take a close look at the petition and decide to support our businesses,” said Thomas De Bocz, the chief executive of the American Bakery and Food Association, which represents the bread makers.
He said his organization was pushing for a temporary tariff on bread imports from China.
The WTO is reviewing the petition.
But the industry is also seeking to protect itself by pointing to the recent announcement that the U