The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has instituted two monitoring factfinding investigations on U.S. imports of fresh or chilled strawberries and bell peppers.
The investigations, Monitoring of U.S. Imports of Fresh or Chilled Strawberries, and Monitoring of U.S. Imports of Fresh or Chilled Bell Peppers, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on November 4, 2020.
In the letter, the USTR noted that the monitoring request was made in accordance with the perishable agricultural product provisions of the global safeguard law. The provisions state that if the USITC has monitored imports of a perishable agricultural product for at least 90 days, the domestic industry may file a petition for a global safeguard investigation that includes a request for a preliminary determination and provisional relief pending completion of the full Commission investigation. More information concerning the provisions can be found in the Background section of the Commission’s notices of institution of monitoring investigations for fresh or chilled strawberries and fresh or chilled bell peppers.
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