Preliminary findings from the Department of Commerce's third administrative review of the 2019 Tomato Suspension Agreement (TSA), debunking the allegations by a special interest group seeking to terminate the TSA.
The simmering dispute over the dumping of Mexican fresh tomatoes in the U.S. market leads one to ask exactly what dumping is.
Last week, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, which represents importers of Mexican tomatoes, used a misleading study to distract from Mexico’s record of dumping tomatoes.
American consumers could soon be paying approximately 50% more for retail tomatoes, according to a new economic analysis of proposed punitive duties on fresh tomatoes from Mexico currently under consideration by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
This is not Florida vs. Mexico. This is legal process supported by the vast majority of American tomato growers.
It is not exactly news to the produce industry that Mexican exports of tomatoes have been on the increase. Export value has risen from $1.66 billion in 2014 to $2.48 billion in 2022.
The recent request by the Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE) asking the Department of Commerce to withdraw from the 2019 Tomato Suspension Agreement jeopardizes the availability of the variety of tomatoes that US consumers expect at prices they can afford and would harm U.S. businesses.
Today, the Florida Tomato Exchange filed a request with the U.S. Department of Commerce to terminate the 2019 Tomato Suspension Agreement because it has failed to stop unfairly traded Mexican tomatoes from destroying the U.S. tomato industry.
San Antonio-based NatureSweet says specialty tomatoes do not belong in the same market category as “commodity” tomatoes, and the company is seeking exceptions from the 2019 suspension agreement on tomatoes from Mexico.
You don’t have to know too much about international trade to suspect that dumping is a bad thing.