Produce Group Says Trade Investigation to Undermine USMCA

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Top Posts, Trade

Not all produce groups are pleased the Trump Administration is taking action regarding fresh produce imports. Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer outlined a plan that includes investigations of imports of blueberries and potentially strawberries and bell peppers. The plan also outlines actions that would impact U.S. companies distributing imported produce. The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas says, …

Collins Statement on Trump Administration Requesting Investigation into Mexico’s Unfair Trade Practices

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

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration released a 28-page report detailing how it would address threats that increased imports pose to American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables. The report also requested a U.S. International Trade Commission investigation into blueberry imports from Mexico, which have long harmed blueberry farmers in …

Auburn Economist Encouraged by Federal Agencies’ Plan of Action

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

One economist in the Southeast is encouraged by the plan to address the threat of increased foreign imports to U.S. producers of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Adam Rabinowitz, Auburn University Assistant Professor and Extension economist, believes the hearings held in August for Florida and Georgia producers opened communications and led to a report released by the Office of the U.S. …

Commissioner Black Pleased with Announcement from USTR

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

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is pleased farmers and agricultural leaders have a seat at the decision-making table again. The agreement to have the August hearings that focused on unfair trade practices involving foreign produce and included testimonies from farmers and industry leaders from Florida and Georgia was a “positive step,” he said. This led to a plan of action, …

Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association Commends USTR

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

MAITLAND, FL (Sept. 1, 2020) – The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association commended the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce on Tuesday for their plan to begin remedying the immense harm to produce growers in Florida and elsewhere caused by unfair trade practices and harmful import volumes from Mexico and other …

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Fried Issues Statement on USTR Announcement on Mexico’s Trade Practices

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

Tallahassee, Fla. – After Tuesday’s announcement from the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on the administration’s plan to address the threat posed by unfair trade practices and increased foreign imports, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried issued the following statement: “I appreciate the USTR’s recognition of the decades-long suffering endured by both Florida and America’s seasonal producers due to unfair Mexican trade practices — this …

Federal Agencies Outline Plan to Help Farmers of Seasonal and Perishable Fruits and Vegetables

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Top Posts, Trade

Washington, DC — The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce released a report today outlining the Trump Administration’s plan to address the threat posed by increased foreign imports to American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables. The plan follows public hearings held in August where more than 60 witnesses …

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Tomato Industry Expert: Inspections Running Smoothly

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Tomatoes, Top Posts

Though Mexican exports of tomatoes have not reached the ‘peak’ season, inspections appear to be running smoothly and efficiently, says Michael Schadler, executive vice president of the Florida Tomato Exchange. The inspection provision, which was part of the Tomato Suspension Agreement established in September, 2019 between the U.S. Department of Commerce and Mexican tomato exporters, allows for the United States …