Arizona Delegation Speaks Up on Tomato Import Dispute

Members of Arizona’s congressional delegation are asking the federal government to reconsider its February decision to withdraw from an agreement that governs tomatoes imported into the United States from Mexico – many of which cross the border at Nogales.

The Tomato Suspension Agreement, first signed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and a group of Mexican tomato growers in 1996, suspended a U.S. anti-dumping investigation into Mexican tomato producers and placed price controls on tomatoes exported from Mexico to the United States. Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its intention to withdraw from the agreement, effective May 7.

“We have heard the concerns of the American tomato producing industry and are taking action today to ensure they are protected from unfair trading practices,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a news release at the time.

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