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Agricultural Trade Issues

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

On September 1, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce released a report outlining the Trump Administration’s plan to address the threat posed by increased foreign imports of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables to American producers of those products.  Based on information collected in relation to two public hearings, the agencies committed to a number of actions to support America’s seasonal and perishable fruit and vegetable producers.

Letter from Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer requesting the U.S. International Trade Commission investigate cucumbers and squash under Section 332(g)

Report on Seasonal and Perishable Products in U.S. Commerce

Letter from Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer requesting the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate fresh and frozen blueberries under Section 202 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2252)

Request Under 19 USC § 2252(d)(1) to Monitor the Importation of Bell Peppers

Request Under 19 USC § 2252(d)(1) to Monitor the Importation of Strawberries

Letter from Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer requesting the U.S. International Trade Commission to monitor imports of bell peppers and strawberries under Section 202(d) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2252(d))

Russia Accession to WTO– Benefits for U.S. Agriculture

On December 16, 2011, Trade Ministers at the 8th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization adopted the terms and conditions Russia’s accession to the WTO and extended an invitation to Russia to join the organization. This decision represents the substantive conclusion of 18 years of negotiations. Russia’s membership in the WTO will benefit U.S. businesses by improving market access for U.S. exports of goods and services and bringing Russia into a system of established, enforceable, multilateral trade rules.

USTR Background Page on Russia Accession to the WTO

Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) overview

Agriculture overview


Trade in Products of Modern Biotechnology

International Statement on Low-Level Presence: In September 2012, the United States and 12 other countries endorsed an International Statement on Low Level Presence, part of a joint effort to address trade and food security challenges arising from differences in various countries’ regulatory systems governing biotech products. Click here to read the International Statement and click here to see the list of countries endorsing it.

International Joint Statement on Animal Cloning for Livestock Production: In March 2011, the United States and three other countries signed a Joint Statement on Animal Cloning for Livestock Production stressing the importance of science-based regulations to prevent disruptions of international trade. Read the statement here.