A top U.S. trade official is calling for an investigation of imported peppers and strawberries. In an Election Day letter to the chair of the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer asked the body to “monitor and investigate imports of strawberries and bell peppers.”
Such an investigation could ultimately lead to tariffs. A similar investigation into imported blueberries was requested earlier this year. “If the U.S. takes action on this, it encourages trading partners — Mexico and Canada — to consider similar options for other trade areas,” said Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Nogales-based Fresh Produce Association of the Americas. Such trade tensions could undermine the recently implemented USMCA trade deal, he added.
“Our industry is essential in feeding Americans fresh U.S.-grown produce from November to late spring,” said Mike Joyner, president of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, during August comments in support of action by the USTR.
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