FPAA and TIPA support bipartisan efforts to maintain the standard definitions in 2019 Tomato Suspension Agreement- General News
The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and the Texas International Produce Association applaud the efforts of Congressman Vicente Gonzalez in leading a bipartisan letter addressed to the Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, regarding a proposal to reinterpret parts of the 2019 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico (TSA).
Despite erroneous claims by the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, the Florida Tomato Exchange hasn’t proposed any changes to the Tomato Suspension Agreement.
The new requirement for quality inspections under the Tomato Suspension Agreement was a focal point for the report. These new quality inspections, that go above and beyond national treatment of fresh tomatoes, are one way the flow of fresh produce is delayed or restricted.
The International Trade Administration’s Enforcement and Compliance group is hosting two webinars on the suspension agreement on fresh tomatoes from Mexico in March.
Any information deemed credible will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Commerce with a request to be treated under an Administrative Protective Order so that it will not be made public.
Nearly five months after they began, how well have the border inspections worked?
Inspections on Mexican tomatoes crossing the United States border are scheduled to start in less than two weeks. That’s a good thing, said Dante Galeazzi, CEO/President of TIPA.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a reminder that the AMS will begin inspections of tomatoes coming into the United States from Mexico at border locations on April 4.
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