2019 Suspension Agreement
“The agreement has been very competitive, but we have been able to secure a number of important provisions that make this agreement work for our dealers and customers,” said Mario Robles, Director of the Sinaloa Growers Association. The Enforcement and Compliance Unit of the International Trade Administration, which negotiated today`s suspension agreement, is responsible for the vigorous enforcement of U.S. trade law and does so through an impartial and transparent process, which respects international rules and is based on factual evidence contained in the registrations. The Ministry of Commerce said the agreement closes loopholes in previous suspension agreements allowing sales at reference prices in certain circumstances, and that it includes an inspection mechanism to prevent the import of low-quality tomatoes from Mexico, which can drive down market prices. Since the 2002 agreement would no longer cover all imports of fresh tomatoes from Mexico, Commerce issued a Memorandum of Understanding to denounce the 2002 agreement, end the five-year review of the suspended investigation, and relaunch the AD investigation.  On 16 January 22, 2008, Trade signed a new suspension agreement (2008 agreement) with producers/exporters representing essentially all imports of fresh tomatoes from Mexico.  On August 20, 2019, the trade and a representative of CAADES et al. initialled a draft agreement to suspend the anti-dumping investigation on fresh tomatoes from Mexico. In accordance with Section 734(e) of the Act, Commerce notified the ETP and the other parties, published the initialled draft contract to interested parties and invited interested parties to submit written comments on the draft suspension agreement by 9 September 2019.
 Pursuant to Article 734(e)(1) of the Act, trade consulted the FTE on its intention to suspend the anti-dumping investigation on fresh tomatoes from Mexico. . . .