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FFVA commends agencies for plan to address unfair Mexican imports

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has commended the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce for their plan announced Sept. 1 to begin rectifying the harm to produce growers in Florida and elsewhere caused by unfair trade practices and harmful import volumes from Mexico and other foreign sources. 

“As the USTR’s announcement makes clear, this plan will launch the first – but not the last – steps needed to solve this longstanding and growing threat to the produce industry in Florida and elsewhere,” said FFVA President Mike Joyner. “The unfair trading practices and harm to our industry, which are exhaustively documented in the report and on the record, demand a timely, effective and lasting solution.” 

After listening during two August hearings to industry leaders and producers from Florida, Georgia and other states, the three agencies unveiled a report on the hearings and a plan to support producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables.