Yesterday, Western Growers President/CEO Tom Nassif attended the signing of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. The trade agreement opens up market opportunities for the fresh produce industry, and WG members will now have access to the Japanese market on equal footing with the Asia-Pacific signatories of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

On Wednesday October 2, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the U.S. received approval from the World Trade Organization (WTO) to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion of selected EU products, as result of its win in a long-running case against illegal EU aircraft subsidies.

Effective October 18, 2019 USTR will impose a 25% tariff rate increase on the following EU agricultural goods that may have relevance for WG members:

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