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CSUSTL Supports Administration Efforts to Provide Modifications to Trade Remedy Laws to Address Special Needs of Seasonal, Perishable, Cyclical Agricultural Products

The Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (“CSUSTL”) consists of trade associations, companies and unions from both manufacturing and agriculture that have had to use U.S. trade remedy laws when faced with unfair trade practices on imports or surges in imports that have posed problems for companies and their workers.

The Trump Administration in their July 17, 2017 “Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation” (“Summary”) had four topics listed for trade remedies, including “Seek a separate domestic industry provision for perishable and seasonal products in AD/CVD proceedings.”  USTR, Summary at 14.  CSUSTL strongly supports the U.S. pursuing and achieving that objective during the NAFTA renegotiations.

Terence Stewart, Managing Partner of Stewart and Stewart and a former President of CSUSTL noted that “the Congress since 2002 has included as one of the principal negotiating objectives in Trade Promotion Authority ensuring that trade remedies are as accessible to domestic agricultural producers of perishable and seasonal products as for other products.  The Administration’s stated objective is consistent with the longstanding Congressional TPA objective.  Indeed a colloquy from 2002 makes clear that fruits, vegetables, livestock and meat products all are in need of improved access to trade remedies.”  A fuller description of the history of this provision can be found at http://www.stewartlaw.com/Article/ViewArticle/1110

Roger Schagrin of Schagrin Associates, the current Chairman of the CSUSTL Executive Committee, stated “Press reports indicate that the Administration has prepared a paper to address the special needs of seasonal and perishable agricultural products.  CSUSTL strongly supports ensuring that U.S. laws and our international agreements permit all manufacturers and agricultural producers and their workers to have meaningful access to our trade remedy laws.  The Administration’s negotiating objective and reported approach are consistent with that overarching objective of CSUSTL.”

Thomas Sneeringer, the President of CSUSTL, added “seasonal and perishable agricultural products have by definition a short shelf live or a short selling period.  Producers of such products compete with imports that are in the market during the same time period and not earlier or later periods.  U.S. law and international agreements have long recognized that trade remedies need to be available to regional industries.  The needs of perishable and seasonal agricultural goods have similar needs.”

            The Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (“CSUSTL”) is an organization of companies, trade associations, labor unions, law firms, and individuals committed to preserving and enhancing U.S. trade laws and supporting trade policies that benefit the United States-based productive economy. CSUSTL’s members span multiple sectors, including manufacturing, technology, agriculture, mining, energy, and services. We are dedicated to ensuring that the laws against unfair trade are not weakened through legislation or policy decisions in Washington, DC, in international negotiations, or through dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and elsewhere.

CONTACT: Thomas M. Sneeringer, The Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL), tmsneeringer@gmail.com, 202-999-9154

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