Three powerful industry associations on Monday released statements they sent to the US Trade Representative office (USTR) urging the Trump Administration to avoid action against seafood imports from China, which they fear could trigger retaliatory tariffs on US seafood exports to the the Asian powerhouse.

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI), the Pacific Seafood Processors Association (PSPA) and the At-sea Processors Association (APA) sent their statements as part of a public comment period on the issue.

On Friday, the US Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted its comments on the matter to the USTR, supporting a letter written in April by Senator John Kennedy asking President Trump to add Chinese crawfish and shrimp to the list of proposed tariffs the United States is seeking that would impose an additional 25 percent tariff on certain Chinese imports.