US representative Bill Huizenga lauded the Trump administration for addressing the threat posed to American producers by increased foreign imports of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables. These include the congressman’s home-state blueberry growers.
The “Report on Seasonal and Perishable Products in US Commerce,” released on Sept. 2 by the USDA, the US Commerce Department, and the US Trade Representative (USTR), outlines a coordinated plan by the agencies to support US growers by having USTR request that the International Trade Commission initiate a Section 201 global safeguard investigation into the extent to which increased imports of blueberries have caused serious injury to domestic blueberry growers, according to the plan.
Riponadvance.com quoted Huizenga as saying: “This is a major development for Michigan blueberry growers. By requesting the International Trade Commission open an investigation, the administration is demonstrating its commitment to ensuring that Michigan family farms are not being undercut by unsavory trade practices from foreign countries.”
Added to this, the Commerce Department will establish a formal channel for stakeholders to provide information related to unfair subsidies for foreign producers and exporters of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables, including those in Mexico, according to the report.