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Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Investigation
On December 4, 2002, the Department of Commerce (the Department) signed an agreement which suspends the antidumping investigation on fresh tomatoes from Mexico. The parties to the agreement are the Department and Mexican producers/exporters accounting for substantially all exports of fresh tomatoes from Mexico to the United States.
Terms of the Agreement:
The new agreement incorporates provisions to overcome certain shortcomings of the old suspension agreement. Most importantly, the agreement contains provisions, developed in consultation with the U.S. Customs Service, which will greatly improve the overall operations of the new agreement and make the agreement easier to enforce.
Subsequently, the Department engaged in negotiations of a proposed new suspension agreement requested by Mexican producers/exporters. The Department drafted a new agreement with input from U.S. producers of tomatoes, the U.S. Customs Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Department and Mexican producers/exporters accounting for substantially
all exports of fresh tomatoes from Mexico to the United States initialed
the agreement on November 8, 2002. Prior to the signing of the agreement,
interested parties were given a chance to comment on the initialed agreement.
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