The investigation will now shift to the International Trade Commission, which will evaluate the extent to which dumped tomatoes injured U.S. growers. The ITC will hold a hearing October 24 to hear testimony from both the U.S. and Mexican industries.
The investigation was suspended on September 19, 2019, when a new suspension agreement between the Department of Commerce and Mexican growers and exporters went into effect. U.S. trade law, however, permits domestic producers to request continuation of the investigation.
The Florida Tomato Exchange welcomes the signing today by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Mexican tomato exporters of a new agreement suspending the antidumping investigation of fresh tomatoes from Mexico.
Before the comment period ended Sept. 9, the U.S.’s largest retailer told the Department of Commerce in a letter that it’s concerned the proposed increase in border inspections for tomatoes will cause a bottleneck at ports of entry and deprive consumers of product.
Pamela explains how a frog gets into a clamshell of salad—and lives to tell the tale, and where we're getting all these giant avocados while Greg talks about where we go from here on the new tomato suspension agreement with Mexico.