USMCA and Trade Legislation Update
Thursday, March 7, 2019
As you know, GFVGA is concerned the United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) will allow Mexico to continue unfair trade practices including dumping product into the U.S. below their cost of production.
GFVGA has again taken action and sent this letter to all members of Georgia’s Congressional delegation. The letter requests members of the Georgia delegation co-sponsor “The Defending Domestic Produce Production Act” (H.R. 101). This bill, introduced in the House by U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Al Lawson (D-FL), would correct the USMCA omission and ensure that U.S. import relief mechanisms recognize the unique characteristics of seasonal and perishable agriculture as mandated by TPAA. A companion bill (S.16) has also been introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
“This legislation would give our industry the relief we need to address Mexico’s unfair produce shipments that continue to trend upward,” GFVGA stated in the letter. “This will continue as the new President of Mexico has announced his near‐term intention to invest substantially more ‘seed capital’ in the produce sector and a goal of planting one million more hectares (2.5 million acres) in fruit and timber. As a comparison, Georgia has only 35,000 – 38,000 acres in blueberry production which produces 80‐90 million pounds in a good year.”
In addition to GFVGA efforts to contact our delegation, there is a letter circulating for members of Congress to sign on asking the U.S. Trade Representative for relief for the Southeast Produce Industry. There were a number of non-southeastern Congress members who signed on a letter requesting the Department of Commerce pull the Tomato Suspension last month, and the hope is this momentum continues in support of the southeast produce industry and trade.
If you have questions regarding USMCA, The Defending Domestic Produce Protection Act or other legislative issues, please contact your GFVGA team at 706-845-8200.