The United States and China signed a trade agreement today that should improve access for U.S. fruit and vegetable exporters. Overall, China agreed to buy $200 billion worth of U.S. exports in the first two years of this first phase of the deal.
While it’s important that Senators and U.S. representatives hear from their constituents in the produce industry, Congress usually reverts to its paralyzed, partisan ways, with little legislation to show for the industry’s efforts. But this year, that may change.
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.
While not all growers export, trade is critical to the future of the entire industry. If those apples don’t find homes overseas they flood the domestic market, leading to supply issues that impact everyone’s bottom line.