Urges vigilance over continued attempts to undermine USMCA, produce trade

WASHINGTON (February 12, 2021)—The Border Trade Alliance said today it strongly supported Thursday’s decision by the International Trade Commission to end an inquiry over whether the importation of fresh blueberries from five countries harmed U.S. producers.

The matter cannot be appealed and is now closed.

“This was the right decision. Imported blueberries aren’t harming domestic producers,” Border Trade Alliance President Ms. Britton Mullen said. “What’s especially encouraging is that this decision is consistent with the USMCA and makes it more likely that North America will realize the full potential of this 21st century trade agreement. We will continue to work with industry stakeholders, the Biden administration, and lawmakers of both parties on Capitol Hill to ensure that the letter and spirit of USMCA are upheld and that cross-border commerce of all types continues without tariff or non-tariff barriers to free trade.”

Mullen said the BTA remains concerned about ongoing efforts to undermine USMCA and curb fresh produce imports.

“As pleased as we are with this blueberry decision, trade advocates like us must remain vigilant,” Border Trade Alliance Chairman Sergio Contreras said. “We’ve already seen an alarming number of attempts to tilt the rules of free trade to benefit a few select regions and commodities.”

The BTA last year successfully persuaded negotiators and lawmakers not to insert a so-called “seasonality” provision into USMCA, which would have severely limited the importation of fresh produce into the U.S. and caused price increases for U.S. consumers.

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Since 1986, the BTA has served as a grassroots, non-profit organization that provides a forum for discussion and advocacy on issues pertaining to the environment, border development, quality of life and trade in the Americas. A network of public and private sector representatives from the United States, Mexico and Canada, BTA’s core values include a commitment to improving the quality of life of border communities through trade and commerce.