All fresh or chilled tomatoes from Mexico are covered by the new prices. Tomatoes imported for processing are not. The agreement accounts for changes that have occurred in the tomato industry since the signing of the original agreement in 1996, according to the release. Since then, Mexico has significantly increases greenhouse acreage.
“I’m pleased with the collaborative efforts that resulted in this agreement, which will help to maintain stability in tomato trade between the United States and Mexico,” Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez said in the release.
The original 1996 suspension agreement was updated in 2002 and 2008.