Tuesday, September 8, 2020
On September 1, the Workplace of the US Commerce Consultant, working with the Departments of Commerce (DOC) and of Agriculture (USDA), introduced numerous actions geared toward supporting home producers of seasonal/perishable produce. Their plans – which embody new commerce actions focusing on sure fruit and vegetable imports – might have widespread impacts on produce costs and in how the US authorities responds to allegations of unfair subsidies supporting foreign-grown fruit and veggies.
As a part of the report, USTR introduced:
Plans to launch a Part 201 world safeguards investigation into imports of blueberries.
Continued bilateral negotiations with Mexico over the subsequent 90 days to deal with considerations relating to US imports of Mexican strawberries, bell peppers, and different seasonal/perishable merchandise.
USTR’s plans to work with home producers to launch an investigation by the US Worldwide Commerce Fee (ITC) into strawberry and bell pepper imports, which might result in “expedited” Part 201 investigations on these imports later this 12 months.
DOC and USDA every additionally pledged to take actions geared toward supporting home producers of seasonal/perishable merchandise, together with efforts to advertise home growers and to coach growers on unfair international subsidies.
Part 201 investigations are performed by the ITC, which examines whether or not home industries have been significantly injured or threatened with important harm on account of elevated imports. Notably, these actions don’t require home events to allege any unfair actions by the international producer (similar to “dumping,” or promoting merchandise for lower than honest worth, or benefiting from unfair international authorities subsidies). If the ITC finds within the affirmative, the President himself will resolve what aid, if any, ought to be imposed. This aid might take the type of tariffs or quotas focusing on international imports, both of that are virtually sure to extend costs of the affected items.
The joint company actions comes after years of considerations voiced by home business and congressional stakeholders that current commerce actions don’t adequately handle considerations with unfair imports of those items, together with as a part of negotiations to modernize the North American Free Commerce Settlement beneath its successor deal, the US-Mexico-Canada Settlement now in drive.
For sovereign governments and companies that will have questions associated to Part 201 investigations and US commerce enforcement proceedings, our staff may also help draft and submit feedback through the investigation, work to safe congressional assist for our arguments and counsel on the political dynamics underpinning any presidential motion focusing on international imports.
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