The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association wholeheartedly supports the Agriculture Trade Improvement Act of 2018 introduced by U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo (District 26) and Al Lawson Jr. (District 8) on Tuesday.
The Agricultural Trade Improvement Act of 2018 would amend the Tariff Act of 1930 and allow American specialty crop growers to request the imposition of antidumping or countervailing duties. Similar legislation was introduced on Sept. 27 by Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio.
The bill would guarantee specialty crop growers the seasonal and perishable provisions that were missing from the renegotiated NAFTA, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, providing critically needed trade relief for specialty crop producers in Florida and the Southeast.
Congress and the Administration are well aware that our growers have suffered more than most under the original NAFTA. Years of harm from unfair trading practices such as dumping and subsidies have caused family farms that have operated for generations to close their doors. Without relief, Florida’s specialty crop industry will continue to suffer and shrink.
We appreciate the efforts of Reps. Curbelo and Lawson in their strong support of Florida specialty crop growers.
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