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Florida Tomato Exchange Asks for Dumping Investigating of Mexican Produce
USAgNet - 10/15/2019

The Florida Tomato Exchange has filed a request for continuation of the antidumping investigation of fresh tomatoes from Mexico. 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 FTE is taking this action reluctantly. The Department of Commerce did an excellent job under difficult circumstances negotiating the new suspension agreement, which the FTE continues to support. Unfortunately, the Mexican tomato industry does not agree and has signaled its intention to challenge the agreement legally and politically, even though they signed the agreement just last month.

The resumption of the investigation will not necessarily terminate the suspension agreement. In fact, the FTE's objective in taking this action is to protect the integrity of the new agreement.

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