The U.S. International Trade Commission is seeking input for a new general fact finding investigation on the U.S. raspberry industry here in Washington.The investigation announced last week will look into the conditions of competition between U.S. and foreign suppliers of raspberries meant for processing.
The investigation was requested by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in a letter received on April 9th.
The investigation will provide an overview of the U.S. raspberry industry in Washington, including fresh raspberries for processing, frozen raspberries, and raspberry juice,as w ell as an overview of the industries producing fresh and processed raspberries in major producing and exporting countries, among other findings. The Commission is seeking input for the investigation from all interested parties and will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation in September. The U.S. International Trade Commission expects to transmit its report to the Lighthizer no later than June 9, 2021.
Washington is responsible for roughly 95% of American processed raspberry production.
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