Florida Tomato Suspension Agreement

«We are surprised by the announcement that RTD is working to continue the anti-dumping investigation that could cancel the recently concluded agreement with the Ministry of Commerce after many months of negotiations,» Mexican tomato producers said in the statement. Did Florida tomato farmers fully understand the harm that NAFTA would cause to their market at the time of its adoption? The Florida Tomato Exchange submitted a request for the continuation of the anti-dumping investigation into fresh tomatoes from Mexico. Florida Tomato Exchange BB #:162441 (RDT) member companies produce more than 90% of the tomatoes grown in Florida and are among the largest tomato growers in California, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. RTD member companies produce about 50% of the tomatoes produced in the United States on the freshness market. Fresh tomatoes are largely hand-picked — and […] More than tomatoes The experience of Florida tomato growers has clearly been a harbinger of the domestic tomato industry. Similarly, the challenge faced by tomato growers is no longer just on tomatoes. As Rubio said in a press release about it: «The U.S. Tomato industry has been the coal mine`s canary bird for local fruit and vegetable production for the past three decades. The immediate termination of the suspension agreement will revive the anti-dumping investigation into fresh tomatoes from Mexico and send a message that the United States will ensure that our trade laws and trade agreements are implemented with vigilance. After 23 years of suspension agreements that have never worked to protect U.S. tomato growers from the harmful dumping of Mexican tomatoes, the Mexican tomato industry last night approved a strong new suspension agreement that the U.S. has struck.