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Trump picks a new trade fight to harvest fruit farmers’ votes

Ags - Fruit/Veg 111 Canada 424 Chile 82 Consumer Staples 604 Elections 93 Mexico 725 Tariffs 1633 U.S. 4574

The Trump administration is taking a number of trade policy actions in the seasonal fruit industry. The first is a safeguarding, anti-dumping review of imports of blueberries. The review probably won’t be completed before year end but may eventually help producers in battleground election states including Florida and Michigan. U.S. imports of blueberries rose by 16.5% year over year in the 12 months to June 30, including a 26.7% surge in imports from Mexico. The second action is a wider set of discussions with the Mexican government regarding imports of seasonal produce including strawbe...

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