Tom Karst

Tom Karst

USDA proposes rules for importing Colombian peppers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has laid the groundwork imports of peppers from Colombia.

China retaliates with tariff hikes on frozen fruits and vegetables

China’s latest round of tariff retaliation hit frozen fruits and vegetables but appeared to spare additional hikes on imported U.S. fresh produce.

United Fresh show previewed

The United Fresh Produce Association is coming to Chicago one more time, and expectations are high for the Windy City and the show.

Mexican tomato growers reject U.S. proposal, file lawsuits

Mexican tomato growers have rejected the latest proposal from the Department of Commerce for a renewed tomato suspension agreement.

Wit and wisdom of Bill Walton

If you missed the speech by Bill Walton at The Packer’s West Coast Produce Expo, you missed quite a lot.

China’s retaliatory tariffs continue to take a toll

Unrelenting trade friction with China will likely cost U.S. fruit growers export sales again in 2019.

Industry groups voice displeasure over tomato trade disruption

With new duties on Mexican tomatoes entering the U.S., industry groups said negotiations between the Department of Commerce and Mexico’s tomato industry must continue.

Mexican tomato agreement done, duties kick in

The Department of Commerce has terminated the 2013 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico, setting a 17.56% duty on Mexican tomatoes arriving in the U.S.
May 07, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Mexico, #Tomatoes, #Trade

Fresh apple holdings down 13%

May 1 fresh apple holdings were down 13% compared with a year ago, according to the latest U.S. Apple Association market report.
May 07, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples

U.S. set to drop Mexican tomato suspension agreement

The Department of Commerce will follow through on its plan to withdraw from an agreement with Mexican tomato growers, triggering a 17.56% duty on tomatoes from Mexico, according to a Mexican official.