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July 09, 2020 | Press Releases

Steube Leads Letter to U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer Urging an End to Unfair Mexican Trade Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan letter from the Florida Congressional Delegation to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer asking for an end to the unfair Mexican trade practices harming seasonal and perishable produce growers in Florida and the Southeast.

“Agriculture is the lifeblood of Florida and a crucial component of our economy, bringing food to the tables of millions of families across America,” Steube said. “At a time when producers and growers are already suffering, we should not be giving foreign producers an unfair advantage over American producers. This will only exacerbate the challenges our farmers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

This year, many Florida growers were forced to plow their crops under as a result of decreased demand from the COVID-19 pandemic. While American farmers suffered, the Mexican produce industry continued to increase its US market share by 17% between the months of January and April 2020.

You can read the full text of the letter here.