Last month, US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and US Representative Al Lawson (D-FL) LEDs Bipartisan members of the Florida congressional delegation are calling on U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai to initiate a Section 301 investigation into fruit and vegetable imports from Mexico and obtain a trade relief for Florida growers.
Ambassador Tai denies request for Section 301 investigation, but pledges to work with Florida delegation to develop solutions to hold Mexico accountable for its unfair trade practices . The USTR invoked a section of the law to form an industry advisory group, which exists to address export targeting programs. This action is an acknowledgment by the USTR that the main contention of the Florida delegation is accurate and that Mexico is leveraging government subsidies and policies to conduct an export targeting program to undermine Florida producers.
- “It is unfortunate that Ambassador Tai has declined the Florida bipartisan delegation’s request to initiate a Section 301 investigation, especially since she agrees with our assessment that the Mexico’s export targeting program poses a serious challenge to Florida’s seasonal and perishable fruit and vegetable industries. However, I am pleased that Ambassador Tai has committed to working with us to develop effective trade remedies that will hold Mexico to account. I look forward to working with her and the administration to provide much needed assistance to Florida’s seasonal perishable fruit and vegetable industries. – Senator Rubio
Want more information? Read Rubio’s editorial on Mexican bullying in Washington Examiner.