Florida Fruit and Vegetable Growers Oppose USMCA

The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association says the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement does not address seasonal surges in imports from Mexico and is opposing the agreement. The association is asking its members to tell lawmakers that represent Florida to vote against approving the trade deal. Association spokesperson Lisa Lochridge told the Hagstrom Report that if Mexico’s alleged unfair trading practices continue unchecked, “Florida’s fruit and vegetable industry simply will not survive.” The organization says many Mexican government subsidy programs over the last two decades have contributed to the Mexican produce industry’s “growing dominance in the U.S. market.” Lochridge says all U.S. representatives from Florida have expressed support for H.R. 101, the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act. The legislation would amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to provide for the treatment of core seasonal industries affected by antidumping or countervailing duty investigations. The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association represents a broad range of crops, including vegetables, citrus, tropical fruit, berries, sod, sugar cane, and tree crops.