U.S. Seeks Mexico Talks Over Perishable Imports in Bid to Bolster U.S. Farmers



Tim Ahmann and Phil Stewart | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Tuesday announced plans to seek senior-level talks with Mexico over imports of perishable fruits and vegetable as part of a broader series of actions meant to bolster U.S. farmers, raising the possibility of future tariffs.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) also will request that the U.S. International Trade Commission initiate a Section 201 global safeguard investigation to review “the extent to which increased imports of blueberries have caused serious injury to domestic blueberry growers.”

If the commission finds injury, the U.S. government could impose tariffs on products to help domestic growers.

“President (Donald) Trump recognizes the challenges faced by American farmers and is committed to promoting and securing fair trade and a level playing field for all American producers,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement here which also outlined actions by the Commerce Department and the Department of Agriculture.

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