Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has issued a demand for action by the UK Government, following reports that the US will introduce a range of tariffs on EU goods from 18 October. The 25 percent tariffs will cover wool products from the UK, including clothing.
Commenting, Mr. Carmichael said:
“It is ironic that the news of tariffs being imposed on wool products comes during Shetland Wool Week. Wool and knitwear are a big part of what defines traditional and craft industries in the Northern Isles. Fair Isle knitwear is known worldwide, and we should do everything to build on that interest.
“This is a sector which attracts tourism and international buyers. Just this week, the number of US visitors to the Shetland Wool Week has shown again how popular our products are to Americans, making these tariffs another blow. For those who deny that tariffs make a difference to our ability to export, the truth will soon be apparent.”
“Action is needed to reduce the risk to the economy from trade barriers. I am calling on the Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, to get on the case immediately to fix this issue and support our wool industry.”