U.S. should keep Mexican tomato agreement - The Packer

U.S. should keep Mexican tomato agreement

07/20/2012 09:35:00 AM
Jaime Chamberlain

In the same breath, they are saying publicly that they will immediately file a new case, and that the only public interest at stake here is their own narrow interest in raising prices — not those of consumers, the U.S. government or U.S-Mexican relations.

Apparently, they like their chances in an election year to ratchet up their level of protection, and would choose politics over the investments they refuse to make.

It has been 18 years since NAFTA went into effect, with the goal of reducing trade barriers and friction between the U.S. and Mexico.

The tomato agreement has helped realize that goal in trade of fresh fruits and vegetables. That agreement also wisely put mechanisms in place for addressing concerns and issues without reigniting a trade war.

Now, at a time when fair trade is needed most as the national economy struggles to recover, those mechanisms should be used and a new trade war averted.

The U.S. government, exercising the discretion it has under the law, should reject this political subterfuge and let the agreement continue to work.

It is time to tell Florida no.

Jaime Chamberlain is the president of Nogales, Ariz.-based J-C Distributing Inc., a U.S. importer of fruits and vegetables.

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Jacques van der Lelij    
Willcox AZ  |  July, 21, 2012 at 06:49 PM

Enough about Florida, What about mislabeling of tomatoes? call it all greenhouse grown even grown under shade cloth? building greenhouse with big support from government?? is that what you guys call "more efficient"? Jacques

nogales  |  July, 23, 2012 at 04:25 PM

wilcox? didn't INS and ICE raid that joint because of illegal immigrant labor?

Jose S Castro    
Mexico  |  July, 25, 2012 at 04:16 PM

Forget if growers use a plastic, glass or shade house, the point is that they research a lot and figure out and build an hybrid tech for their climate and type of soils. dont blame the imagination. Remember USA have a TLC with Canada & Mexico and MX Growers take this challenge sin President Bush Senior and they discipline grow very responsible try to be prepared to the high quality consumers demands, and my main questios is the following, WHAT DO THE FLORIDA GROWERS ARE DOING LATELY????

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