When domestic producers filed the petition on June 22, they had every reason to expect that Commerce would agree to withdrawal, and do so quickly, as has been the precedent.
This is the first time where foreign producers have fought to keep a U.S. trade remedy in place. That tells the real story.
The current situation favors Mexican growers and protects the windfall profits they’ve been reaping.
Mexican growers are pursuing scare and bullying tactics. They’ve threatened retaliation against customers and producers of products not involved in the case.
These threats, if carried out, are simply illegal.
Mexican special interests have also suggested that domestic producers are trying to eliminate their product from the marketplace to eliminate competition. This accusation is totally false.
Terminating the suspension agreement and suspended investigation simply eliminates any existing government oversight of imports. No restrictions on trade will result.
Domestic growers are entitled to free and fair trade — and that’s all they want.
It’s time to end the charade, assess the facts and level the playing field. That is the only chance we have to salvage our domestic tomato market and save the tens of thousands of jobs nationwide that are currently at risk.
Reggie Brown is the executive vice president of the Maitland-based Florida Tomato Exchange.