Following the U.S. Department of Commerce’s withdrawal of the tomato suspension agreement on May 7, the Florida Tomato Exchanged released the following statement:
“We are pleased that the Commerce Department has terminated the tomato suspension agreement, which presided over a very difficult five-year period for the U.S. tomato industry. Although the agreement was created with good intentions, it was never effective in protecting American producers from dumped Mexican tomatoes. As a result, the U.S. industry has declined significantly over the last five years with many tomato growers across the country going out of business.
Negotiations for a new suspension agreement can still continue even as the antidumping investigation is resumed this month. The U.S. tomato industry remains open to a new suspension agreement so long as it is structured in a way that eliminates the loopholes of the previous agreement and has strong enforcement mechanisms. If a new agreement cannot be reached, we look forward to the antidumping investigation finally running its full course.”
Executive Vice President
Florida Tomato Exchange