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U.S. to drop tariffs on Mexican, Canadian steel, aluminum

The U.S. has reached a deal with Mexico and Canada to remove tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from those countries. 

Hope fades for quick resolution as tomato lawsuits filed

The possibility persists for a new tomato suspension agreement between the Commerce Department and Mexican growers, but hopes for a quick resolution have been doused.

NatureSweet asks for relief on Mexican tomato duty

Greenhouse grower NatureSweet is asking the Commerce Department for some exemptions on duties for its imported tomatoes grown in Mexico, on the basis they did not exist when those duties were originally set.
May 16, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Mexico, #Tomatoes

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.

It’s official: Commerce’s decision on Mexican tomatoes

The Department of Commerce’s official notice on its termination of a tomato suspension agreement with Mexico is scheduled to be published May 13.

West Mexico import veteran Al Bernardi remembered

Al Bernardi, who helped established a Nogales, Ariz., brokerage as the area became a key link to imported produce, has died.

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

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.

Sykes Co. adds organic seedless watermelons

The Sykes Co., Rio Rico, Ariz., is now offering organic red seedless watermelons.

Analysis: higher tomato prices if Commerce drops agreement

Consumer prices for some tomato varieties from Mexico could initially rise 40% in the U.S. when domestic supplies are low, according to an analysis on possible effect of duties on imported tomatoes when the Tomato Suspension Agreement is dropped in early May.