Sinema Urges Protections for Arizona’s Tomato Imports

Oct 23, 2019

Sinema urges International Trade Commission to protect cross-border trade

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema urged the International Trade Commission to allow Arizona’s tomato trade to continue without unnecessary restrictions.

Sinema wrote a letter to the Commission underscoring the economic impact of Arizona’s tomato imports. Arizona’s tomato trade with Mexico supports 33,000 American jobs and is critical for Arizona’s economy.

“Cross-border trade contributes billions of dollars to Arizona’s economy, and we will continue working to protect Arizona jobs from unnecessary trade restrictions,” said Sinema.

The International Trade Commission is continuing the final phase of an investigation determining whether a U.S. industry is at risk due to the imports of fresh tomatoes from Mexico. Sinema has been a champion for Arizona’s cross-border tomato trade. She worked with other members of Congress to ensure a new Tomato Suspension Agreement was successfully negotiated earlier this year.

Sinema was joined on the letter by Arizona Senator Martha McSally and Congressmen Tom O’Halleran and David Schweikert.

To read the full text of the letter click HERE.