Southern fruit and vegetable growers to meet with U.S. trade officials


After requests from Southern lawmakers, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will begin working with southern fruit and vegetable farmers to ensure fair competition with their Mexican counterparts.

U.S. negotiators were unable to get a provision into the USMCA that made it easier for American farmers to file anti-dumping claims against Mexican exporters.

“For years, Georgia’s producers have struggled to compete with unfair trade practices, like the dumping of foreign-subsidized fresh fruits and vegetables into U.S. markets well below the cost of production,” said Rep. Austin Scott.

According to Agri-Pulse, Lightizer said his agency will get to work immediately to identify and compile documentation on trade distorting policies that show imports from Mexico at below-market prices.