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Trump Working on Secret Trade Deal to Ease Expenses on US Exports for Israelis

A trade deal that is being worked out in secret between the Trump administration and the Israeli government may make some food items cheaper for the Israeli consumer. However, it could also hurt Israeli farmers.

A report in The Marker claimed that U.S. officials have been negotiating a trade deal with Israel’s Agriculture Ministry and the Israeli Treasury. The Israeli ministries refused to comment to the press or reveal the details of the ongoing negotiations with their U.S. counterparts.

“We’re not interested in responding because the release to the public of any of the particulars during the negotiations would hurt the interests of the State of Israel,” the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The report claimed to have obtained a document outlining the U.S. demand to ease the tariffs pertaining to 40 categories of products, of which 15 are agricultural. On the list of American-made products Israelis may soon become familiar with are California wines and butter produced by New Mexico cows.

The U.S. wants to import 13,000 tons of apples annually. The annual consumption of apples in Israel is approximately 135,000 tons, of which 3,000 tons are already imported from the United States. Not only will this be detrimental to Israel apple farmers but it will also cut into tax revenue.

The United States is demanding that it be allowed to import 10,000 tons of cheese per year, exempt from customs duties. For comparison, a total of 6,000 tons of hard cheeses were imported to Israel in 2018.

Israel currently imports 300 tons of duty-free butter from the United States. The U.S. would like to see that amount rise to 850 tons. About 6,000 tons of butter is consumed in Israel annually, and half of this quantity is already imported.

The U.S. would like to import 600,000 liters of wine to Israel with a full exemption from customs. In Israel, about 30 million liters of wine are consumed annually.

Other affected food items will be pears, carp, almonds, chickpeas, and potatoes. The deal will not only threaten local growers but is also expected to drastically decrease revenues from import duties.

Israeli farmers can currently export however much they want to the United States without paying import duties to the U.S. but that arrangement is not reciprocal. American agricultural imports to Israel are controlled by quotas, as are all agricultural imports to Israel.

特朗普政府和以色列政府之间秘密达成的贸易协议可能使一些食品对以色列消费者来说更便宜。然而,它也可能伤害以色列农民。

马克笔上的一份报告称,美国官员一直在与以色列农业部和以色列财政部谈判贸易协议。以色列各部拒绝对媒体发表评论,也拒绝透露与美国同行正在进行的谈判的细节。

农业部周二在一份声明中说:“我们对回应不感兴趣,因为在谈判期间向公众公布任何细节都会损害以色列国家的利益。”

报告声称已经获得了一份文件,概述了美国要求降低40种产品的关税,其中15种是农业产品。在美国制造的产品清单上,以色列人可能很快就会熟悉到新墨西哥州奶牛生产的加州葡萄酒和黄油。

美国希望每年进口13万吨苹果。以色列每年的苹果消费量约为13.5万吨,其中3000吨是从美国进口的。这不仅会对以色列的苹果农场主不利,而且还会削减税收。

美国要求每年允许进口1万吨奶酪,免征关税。相比之下,2018年总共向以色列进口了6000吨硬奶酪。

以色列目前从美国进口300吨免税黄油。美国希望看到这一数量上升到850吨。以色列每年大约消耗6000吨黄油,其中一半已经进口。

美国希望向以色列进口60万升葡萄酒,完全免除关税。在以色列,每年大约消耗3000万升葡萄酒。

其他受影响的食物包括梨、鲤鱼、杏仁、鹰嘴豆和土豆。这项协议不仅会威胁到当地的种植者,而且预计将大幅减少进口税收入。

以色列农民目前可以不向美国缴纳进口税就向美国出口多少,但这种安排并不互惠。美国对以色列的农业进口是由配额控制的,对以色列的所有农业进口也是如此。

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