Victorious Verdict: Blueberry Coalition Applauds ITC Decision

Clint Thompson Berries, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

While blueberry farmers and industry leaders were disappointed and disheartened with Thursday’s vote by the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Blueberry Coalition for Progress and Health responded with applause for the ITC. The group issued a statement following the ITC’s unanimous vote in which it deemed that imports of fresh, chilled or frozen blueberries are not a serious injury to …

ITC Blueberry Vote Unanimous

Clint Thompson Berries, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) determined on Thursday that fresh, chilled, or frozen blueberries are not being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury, or the threat of serious injury, to the domestic industry producing an article like or directly competitive with the imported article. The Commission’s determination …

American Blueberry Growers Alliance Statement on ITC Decision

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

WASHINGTON, February 11, 2021 – The American Blueberry Growers Alliance (ABGA) released the following statement regarding the outcome of Thursday’s International Trade Commission (ITC) verdict regarding the global safeguard investigation into imports of fresh, chilled or frozen blueberries:  “The American Blueberry Growers Alliance (ABGA) is disappointed with the decision today by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to find that …

Very Disheartening: GFVGA Executive Director Reacts to ITC Blueberry Imports Verdict

Clint Thompson Berries, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

It wasn’t the verdict Charles Hall envisioned. “Very surprised and very, very disappointed,” he said following Thursday’s International Trade Commission (ITC) vote on the Section 201 investigation into serious injury surrounding blueberry imports. The ITC deemed that imports of fresh, chilled or frozen blueberries are not a serious injury to the domestic industry. It goes against what members of the …

Case Closed: ITC Finds No Serious Injury Regarding Blueberry Imports

Clint Thompson Berries, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

Southeast blueberry producers were dealt a blow today regarding the 201 Investigation into serious injury that imports have had on the domestic industry. The U.S. International Trade Commission determined on Thursday via vote that, “fresh, chilled or frozen blueberries are not being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury, …

Presidential Authority: Final Decision Regarding Blueberry Imports Rests with Biden Administration

Clint Thompson Berries, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Trade

The American Blueberry Growers Alliance’s (ABGA) stance on imports has not changed over the years: serious injury has been inflicted on American farmers, especially those in Florida and Georgia. But where does President Biden stand on this issue? That’s the stance that will ultimately decide the Section 201 investigation regarding blueberry imports. Even if the International Trade Commission (ITC) decides …

Florida Medallion: Another Strawberry Option for Producers

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Top Posts

The newest University of Florida-bred strawberry could become another option for growers looking to diversify their crop. Vance Whitaker, strawberry breeder at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, said the Florida Medallion is performing well and expects a substantial increase acreage next year. “If it continues to perform well, we’ll see where it finds its niche …

American Blueberry Growers Alliance Confident Ahead of ITC Decision

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

The American Blueberry Growers Alliance’s (ABGA) case has been made. The data supports its stance of serious injury regarding blueberry imports. It’s now up to the International Trade Committee (ITC) which will vote on Thursday to determine whether the domestic industry has been seriously injured. “We feel like we presented a good case. The numbers do not lie,” said Jerome …