The U.S. International Trade Commission seeks input for two new investigations on the effects of imported cucumbers and squashes on the U.S. seasonal cucumber and squash markets. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer requested the investigations in a letter to the USITC on December 7, 2020.
As requested, the USITC will examine the effect of imports on the domestic seasonal markets of cucumbers and squash in separate but concurrent investigations and produce two separate reports. The investigation will detail the effects of imports on the domestic seasonal markets, focusing on production and the competitiveness of cucumbers and squash grown in the Southeastern United States. The investigation will track monthly price trends and compare prices of domestically produced cucumbers and squash along with imported products. The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigations in April, and expects to complete the investigations no later than December 7, 2021.