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US imports record amount of seafood in 2017

Reversing the seafood trade deficit is far from a simple task.

US seafood imports reached record levels in 2017, fueling continued growth in the nation's seafood trade deficit at a time when the Trump administration is seeking ways to narrow the trade gap.

The United States imported more than 6 billion pounds of seafood valued at more than $21.5 billion (€18.3 billion) in 2017, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Administration cited by the Associated Press. The country exported more than 3.6 billion pounds valued at about $6 billion (€5.1 billion).

The news comes as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross struggles to find ways to reverse the overwhelming deficit without shorting US consumers of some of their favorite and most consumed seafood items, such as farmed salmon, shrimp and tuna.

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