DOC Announces Preliminary Dumping Margin on Mexican Tomato Imports

Dan Fruits, Industry News Release, Vegetables


Department of Commerce Refutes Mexican Claims of No Dumping:
Announces Preliminary Dumping Margin of 25% on Mexican Tomato Imports

On July 24, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced that Mexican tomatoes are being dumped in the United States.  The preliminary average dumping margin is 25.28 percent. This announcement refutes the recent Mexican claims that the data submitted to the DOC would prove that Mexican tomatoes are not being dumped into the U.S. market. Evidence that the Mexicans are dumping is not surprising news to domestic tomato growers who compete every day against unfairly traded Mexican imports.

The U.S. tomato industry looks forward to showing the U.S. International Trade Commission that it has been injured by the surging unfairly traded Mexican imports. Since 1994, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, tomato imports have flooded the United States, increasing from just 20 percent of the market in 1994 to 60 percent by 2017. Mexican tomatoes account for 90 percent of these imports. Meanwhile, the U.S. market share for American farmers has fallen from 80 percent to 40 percent as hundreds of growers have gone out of business.

Source: Florida Tomato Exchange