Trump thinks we’re not paying enough for tomatoes

❝ On Tuesday, the Commerce Department announced the termination of the 2013 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico…This means the U.S. will impose a 17.5% tariff on imported Mexican tomatoes, a move that experts say may lead to shortages and price hikes…

❝ According to estimates from Arizona State University, consumers could pay 40% to 85% more for vine-ripe and other fresh tomatoes.

Prices could rise 40% from May to December, according to the university analysis by economists led by Timothy Richards, the Morrison chair of agribusiness. During the cooler months, when there are fewer domestic supplies of tomatoes, prices could escalate up to 85%, according to the estimate.

Given that our fake president has the tastebuds of one of the lower species of carrion-eater, you really shouldn’t expect him to support affordable, fresh food delivered across any border.

7 thoughts on “Trump thinks we’re not paying enough for tomatoes

  1. National-security threat™️ says:

    “Trump’s Mexico Tariffs Are Borderline Crazy”
    “To address the emergency at the Southern Border, I am invoking the authorities granted to me by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Accordingly, starting on June 10, 2019, the United States will impose a 5 percent Tariff on all goods imported from Mexico. If the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico, to be determined in our sole discretion and judgment, the Tariffs will be removed. If the crisis persists, however, the Tariffs will be raised to 10 percent on July 1, 2019. Similarly, if Mexico still has not taken action to dramatically reduce or eliminate the number of illegal aliens crossing its territory into the United States, Tariffs will be increased to 15 percent on August 1, 2019, to 20 percent on September 1, 2019, and to 25 percent on October 1, 2019. Tariffs will permanently remain at the 25 percent level unless and until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory.” President Donald J. Trump, May 30, 2019

  2. Vecino says:

    Trump plans to declare new national emergency to impose tariffs (6/06/19) Trump last week threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods crossing into the United States, which would increase by another 5 percent every subsequent month, capping at 25 percent in October.
    “Trump says U.S. lawmakers “should be ashamed” for resisting his “beautiful” Mexico tariffs” Mr. Trump dismissed concerns that hiking tariffs on Mexican imports could hit U.S. consumers and manufacturers, claiming instead that if they were imposed the U.S. would, “make a fortune, because all the companies are going to move back into the country.”

  3. HAIL VICTORY says:

    “President Trump on Saturday defended his agreement with Mexico that sees the country take tougher measures on illegal immigration in exchange for the U.S. dropping plans to impose tariffs on imports — promising that Mexico “will try very hard” and place as many as 6,000 troops at their southern border.” (FOX News 6/8/19)

    Chuck Schumer @SenSchumer 6:58 PM – 7 Jun 2019: “This is an historic night!
    @realDonaldTrump has announced that he has cut a deal to “greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States.”
    Now that that problem is solved, I’m sure we won’t be hearing any more about it in the future.

    • Sez U says:

      President Trump slammed The New York Times in a tweet on Monday over an article on the administration’s immigration deal with Mexico that he called a “FRAUD” and a “hit job” — while also warning that if Mexico’s legislature does not approve the pact, he will move anew to impose tariffs. According to the joint declaration issued by the State Department, Mexico will take “unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration, to include the deployment of its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border.”
      But the Times reported that the deal includes a range of actions that Mexico already had promised to take in prior negotiations with the Trump administration over the past several months – including having already pledged to deploy its National Guard to the border in March during talks with former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
      Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” pushed back on The Times report and insisted “all of it is new,” including the agreement to dispatch around 6,000 National Guard troops — a move Mexico has described as an “acceleration.”

  4. Hot tomato says:

    Aug 23, 2019): “With the ink barely dry on the draft of a Mexican tomato import deal, some farmers are saying they’d like to see similar agreements for other crops.
    The American Farm Bureau praised the deal reached by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Mexican growers. But in a recent release, President Zippy Duvall said “other crops … haven’t received such relief, so other farmers struggle to keep up with surging imports from Mexico such as cucumbers, peppers, blueberries and more.”
    “The United States trade representative has a duty to defend all agricultural markets, so it’s our sincere hope his office will move quickly to forge similar agreements over other products that are too often sold at artificially low prices,” he continued.
    Zippy Duvall is a third-generation farmer from Georgia. In addition to a 400-head beef cow herd for which he grows his own hay, Duvall and his wife, Bonnie, also grow more than 750,000 broilers per year.
    U.S. Farmers Encounter Ongoing Farm Labor Shortage (July 12, 2018)

  5. Update says:

    Mexican tomato growers and the U.S. Department of Commerce signed an agreement Thursday, again suspending an anti-dumping investigation into imported Mexican tomatoes. The deal raises the floor price for Mexican tomatoes, but ends a 17.56% duty that has been in place since May and was set to increase to 2% if a deal wasn’t reached.
    The Florida Tomato Exchange, which pushed for a previous agreement to be scrapped last year, called the deal a “step in the right direction.” But the Nogales-based Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) says it’s a “step backward.”
    “I don’t even call it an agreement. I call them forced concessions,” said Jaime Chamberlain, president of a Nogales-based produce distributor. “I’m really, really disappointed in the way the Commerce Department conducted this negotiation.”
    Commerce defended the inspections and other parts of the deal as necessary to prevent downward pressure on prices.

    • Zugzwang says:

      Florida Tomato Growers Reignite Anti-Dumping Battle With Mexican Producers
      Florida tomato growers are requesting the continuation of an anti-dumping investigation of fresh tomatoes from Mexico less than a month after a deal that put the investigation on pause.
      Mexican tomato growers signed a hard-fought agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce on Sept. 19, suspending the anti-dumping investigation.
      Now, the Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE) is pushing to resume the investigation anyway. It says it’s a safeguard to pressure Mexican growers to stick to the new deal.

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