International Trade

Canadian retailers operating in the province of Quebec report continued regulatory enforcement problems on U.S. produce pertaining to incorrect language on PLU stickers, including PLU/GS1 DataBar stickers on individual fresh fruit and vegetable items. Failure to comply can result in fines to retailers and potentially force the withdrawal of product from retail operations.

Tom Oliveri

Officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have reinstated inspection requirements for U.S. grown onions destined for Canada as of January 21, 2015.  The reinstatement applies to onions marketed fresh to consumers or intended for bulk or further processing/packaging and was prompted by the lack of a reciprocal agreement between the two countries that would have eliminated inspections on both sides of the border.  This affects both California and Arizona grower/shippers.

 

Tom Oliveri

Following the conclusion of a three-year pilot program designed to evaluate the safety of Mexican trucks on U.S. highways, the United States Department of Transportation  (USDOT) has decided to open its roads to that country’s freight carriers.  The decision by USDOT ends  a controversy that has raged for more than a decade since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993.

Ken Gilliland

At the behest of both parties, a federal mediator has been brought in to assist with brokering a deal between ILWU dockworkers and the employer Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) counterparts.  Ongoing contract disputes between the sides have resulted in severe bottlenecks for both importers and exporters in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.  Several Western Growers members have been affected by the work slowdowns, jeopardizing deliveries of fresh produce and other commodities.

Ken Gilliland

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