Florida Strawberry Growers Association Statement on USTR’s Intent to Pursue Avenues to Assist the Seasonal Produce Industry

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) sent out a promising press release
in response to the bipartisan effort led by Sen. Marco Rubio requesting for a formal
Section 301 investigation on September 8, 2022.

FFVA on USTR’s Response to Section 301 Petition

The action by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is a positive step toward securing trade relief for the Southeast produce industry and will help to ensure American families are not dependent on foreign imports for their produce supplies during the winter and spring months of the year.

USApple Statement on USTR Rejection of 301 Investigation

October 24, 2022 USApple

“The U.S. apple industry is relieved by the U.S. Trade Representative’s decision to reject the 301 Investigation on imported fruits and vegetables from Mexico. A Section 301 investigation could have been followed by tariffs on imported produce and, in turn, retaliatory tariffs from Mexico. That has happened in the past where U.S. apples were the targets of retaliation. We acknowledge that other sectors of the fresh produce industry are facing their own difficult challenges, but the U.S. Trade Representative came to the correct conclusion, and we are thankful.”