Rubio, Scott, Buchanan and Lawson Reintroduce Bill to Tackle Unfair Trade Practices Affecting Florida Fruit and Vegetable Growers

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U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL), along with U.S. Representatives Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Al Lawson (D-FL), reintroduced legislation to help fruit growers and Florida vegetables to combat unfair trade practices of countries like Mexico. More precisely, the Law on the Defense of the Production of National Products would ensure that U.S. trade law applies to growers of seasonal fruits and vegetables to petition the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission for relief from unfair trade practices. The current law requires petitioners to demonstrate damage measured nationally and throughout the year, which by definition precludes recognition of regional and seasonal fruit and vegetable industries. the Law on the Defense of the Production of National Products correct this oversight in US trade law and recognize the unique circumstances of seasonal fruit and vegetable growers. Rubio introduced for the first time this legislation in September 2018 with Senator Nelson (D-FL) and reintroduced in January 2019, with Scott, Buchanan and Lawson. “We must ensure the viability of Florida’s fruit and vegetable producers, who for years have struggled to compete with dumped and unfairly priced Mexican imports,” said Rubio. “I firmly believe that food security is national security, and that to ensure the food security of our country, we must defend our food producers against malicious business practices that aim to undermine our self-reliance.” Florida’s seasonal produce producers are working incredibly hard to be successful and support their families, but they have faced challenges amid the pandemic and unfair competition from Mexico, ” Scott said. “This legislation will help defend and protect our hard-working domestic producers from the impacts of these unfair trade practices and support their continued success.” Illegal seasonal dumping and unfair trading practices from Mexico cripple Florida fruit and vegetable growers. Buchanan said. “It’s time to level the playing field and protect hard-working Florida farmers. This is exactly what our bill would do. “Dumping Mexico into our country’s agricultural market is a problem, and below-cost produce has put Florida farmers at a disadvantage.” Lawson said. “This problem cripples our state’s agricultural industry and threatens its place as one of the country’s major agricultural producers. The Defending Domestic Produce Production Act will work to protect Florida farmers and ensure they have a fair chance in the market.
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