By Sabrina Rodriguez
With help from Megan Cassella and Jakob Hanke
The Commerce Department today could announce a new deal to govern tomato trade with Mexican growers — or state there’s no agreement and move forward with finalizing an anti-dumping duty on imports within 30 days.
Both sides remain in disagreement over a requirement that Mexican tomatoes be subject to border inspections. Commerce originally wanted to require inspection of all tomatoes Mexico shipped across the border. But last week, it revised its proposal to require that 50 percent of all tomato imports be subject to inspection by the Agriculture Department. Mexican growers have argued they are not against inspections but that Commerce’s proposed process would subject them to arbitrary delays at the border with no legal recourse.