NAWG welcomes suspension of Vietnam wheat import tariff

From the National Association of Wheat Growers

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcomes the news from Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip where a bilateral package was announce that would suspend or eliminate the Vietnam Wheat Import Tariff. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance have been working diligently on a bilateral package that includes reducing or eliminating import tariffs on several U.S. commodities, which includes wheat.

The reduction follows one from July 2020, when Vietnam reduced its tariff on imported U.S. wheat (excluding durum) from 5 percent to 3 percent in a revision of its Most Favored Nation (MFN) tariff rates. Of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) countries, Vietnam is the only country still applying tariffs against U.S. wheat imports and not against Canadian and Australian wheat. This tariff suspension will enhance U.S. wheat growers’ competitiveness and help reduce food costs for the Vietnamese people.

“We are very excited to see this tariff being lifted between Vietnam and the U.S., and we commend the administration, FAS and Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance for their diligence to aid both the U.S. and Vietnam,” said NAWG CEO Chandler Goule. “We are eager to see all of the doors this will open for both countries. NAWG will continue to work to advocate for an efficient trade system that will have a positive impact on U.S. wheat producers and their customers around the globe.”

In the 2020/21 marketing year, the U.S. exported more than 500,000 metric tons of hard red spring, soft white and hard red winter wheat, even with the import tariffs. Vietnam averages more than 3 million metric tons of wheat imports per year.