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Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico Threaten U.S. Industry, Says USITC

November 22, 2019
News Release 19-120
Inv. No. 731-TA-747 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico Threaten U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of fresh tomatoes from Mexico that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, Randolph J. Stayin, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative.  Chairman David S. Johanson did not participate in this vote.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determination, the suspension agreement that Commerce previously entered concerning fresh tomatoes from Mexico will remain in effect. 

The Commission’s public report Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico (Inv. No. 731-TA-747 (Final), USITC Publication 5003, December 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available by December 30, 2019; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico
Investigation No. 731-TA-747 (Final)

Product Description:  Fresh tomatoes are classified as Lycopersicon escolentum and are consumed without being further processed (i.e. not canned, dehydrated, dried, with added chemical substances, or converted into juices, sauces, or purees). Tomatoes are consumed ripe and can be sliced or cut up for use in salads, sandwiches, or salsas or as an ingredient in various recipes. Commercial fresh tomatoes include common round (including beefsteak), cherry, grape, plum/Roma, and pear types. Tomatoes can be grown in an open field or in a protected environment--including greenhouses, shade houses, and tunnels.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final phase antidumping duty investigation.
2.   Petitioners:  Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE).
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, April 1, 1996.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Thursday, October 24, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, November 22, 2019.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, December 9, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  23.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  California, Florida, Puerto Rico, Utah, Michigan.
3.   Production and related workers:  11,375.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $1.4 billion.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $3.9 billion.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  55.0 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2018:

1.   Subject imports:  $2.2 billion.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $329.2 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  Mexico.

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