Commerce Signs Suspension Agreement on Tomatoes from Mexico

September 19, 2019

The U.S. Department of Commerce and representatives of Mexican tomato growers today signed a new suspension agreement, that will terminate the current 17.56 percent tariffs on imported Mexican tomatoes while closing loopholes that existed in previous suspension agreements.


The 2019 suspension agreement prohibits Mexican tomatoes from being sold in the United States at prices less than specific reference prices set forth in the agreement.  Likewise, the suspension agreement enhances import and compliance monitoring, imposes a strengthened inspection regime for quality and condition defects on Mexican tomatoes after they enter the United States, and obligates signatories to the agreement to avoid circumvention and provide regular reporting to the Commerce Department.