What is in this article?:
- Tomato growers request new trade agreement with Mexico
- Restore fair competition
• The Florida Tomato Exchange, along with growers across this country reflecting a majority of domestic production, have filed with the government a letter withdrawing their 1996 petition so as to terminate the process and the existing suspension agreement.
Restore fair competition
“This action is required to try and restore fair competition to the market and eliminate the predatory actions of producers in Mexico.
“Domestic field and greenhouse growers are facing enormous economic pressures that are injuring their operations, their workers and the communities in which they operate. Revenue for domestic producers was down by probably more than $100 million for the first quarter of this year alone," Reggie said.
"The suspension agreement isn't working, and needs to be terminated. The facts have changed and the current agreement is unfair to U.S. growers and their workers.
“It's time to abandon the agreement which limits our ability to ensure fair trade in tomatoes and give us a chance to compete.
“The existing agreement ties our hands behind our backs while a flood of unfairly priced tomatoes swamps our market. The Obama Administration should do what every previous Administration has done in similar circumstance by quickly terminating the suspended investigation and suspension agreement.
“That will allow for the facts to drive the result should the industry file a new petition and for fair trade to work. It's time to be honest and say the current agreement simply isn't working.
“The Obama Administration should act quickly so that growers and their workers in Florida, Texas, California, Virginia and many other states have the opportunity to succeed," stated Reggie.
Under the law, petitioners have the right to withdraw their petition. Such action is the first step in the termination of the existing suspension agreement.
On Friday, June 22, 2012, growers representing a majority of U.S. production filed a withdrawal request with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission.