The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the departments of Commerce and Agriculture will hold separate field hearings in Plant City, Florida (April 7) and Valdosta, Georgia (April 9) to hear from interested parties on trade distorting policies that may be causing harm to U.S. seasonal and perishable producers (namely of fresh fruits and vegetables) and contributing to unfair pricing in the U.S. market. The agencies will also seek input on how the Trump administration can better support these producers and redress any unfair harm.

Requests to appear at either of these field hearings are due by March 19, while hearing statements and written comments may be submitted by March 26.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said earlier this year that his office would take a number of actions to address lawmakers’ concerns that non-market trade practices have increased the exportation of seasonal and perishable products to the U.S. and caused unfair pricing that is harming U.S. producers. Lighthizer said that within 60 days after the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement enters into force USTR will release a plan to implement effective and timely remedies necessary to address any trade-distorting policies that may be contributing to this problem. In the meantime, USTR is taking a number of actions to support the development of that plan.

For more information, please contact trade attorney Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.

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