In June 1999 the US international trade commission (USITC) recommended tariffs on lamb imports from New Zealand and Australia, in response to protectionist lobbying from the American sheep industry association (ASI). New Zealand farmers were prompted to mount this protest at the US embassy in Wellington. Despite the protest the tariff, to last three years, was approved in July 1999; however the World Trade Organisation ruled against it in January 2001.
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