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Sponsorship form Spring Policy Summit

The FPAA Staff and the Board of Directors are working hard to ensure that this event will be worthwhile for all to attend. We are seeking sponsors for our event.

The sponsorships go fast, so if you're interested in joining the ranks of the industry leaders who support the important work of the FPAA, let us know as quickly as possible.

To secure your sponsorship recognition in all printed materials, select a sponsorship level of your preference and email the enclosed form with payment by Feb. 7, 2017 to Marlene Lopez at mar@freshfrommexico.com or by fax at 520-287-2948.

Thank you for your continued support.

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FPAA, Area Organizations Participate with AZ Governor for Border Discussions

Staff and members of the FPAA participated with other partner organizations to spend the day with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to talk about the great economic impact of the border for Arizona companies. The morning started with when the Governor met with FPAA members and participated in a tour of Del Campo Supreme to learn more about the produce industry.

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FPAA Hosts Border Economic Summit in Phoenix

AZ Border Economic Summit

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Lt. Governors from Across the United States Learn about Trade in Nogales

The FPAA hosted a group 30 people that included lieutenant governors and secretaries of state from several U.S. states. The group was in Nogales on November 29 where they also toured the Mariposa Port of Entry and Border Patrol operations.

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FPAA Negotiates Special Rates With Aeromar For Members To Fly Into Mexico

To support our members in the effective and efficient conduction of business, FPAA has been in many conversations with executives of AEROMAR in order to obtain attractive rates for our members.

Because of these conversations, FPAA members can now take advantage of lower airfares to the places they fight the most such as Hermosillo, Los Mochis and Mazatlán.

In order to receive this benefit, call Emmis Yubeta, when ready to book your flight at (520) 287-2707 and she will provide you with a member's code.

Read more about their program in flyer attached to this member update

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2016 Pillar Award - James Frank Manson

This year's honoree - a family man, a friend, a good, loyal and effective businessman - helped build the strong base for the future of our industry. Although he is no longer active in the business, we are lucky to still count on his wisdom today.

James Frank Manson, better known as Jim Manson, is recognized today as a Pillar of the FPAA. His hard work and dedication have helped build a strong foundation for the Mexican fresh produce industrWhen one thinks of a pillar, one thinks of longevity, support and strength. These three adjectives could well be used to describe this year's Pillar of the FPAA, whose time in the industry has born witness to numerous changes. Yet, through it all, this year's honoree is noted as a keeper of tradition.

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2015-16 Nogales Import Report

The report shows the great impact that fresh produce imported via Nogales has in the overall trade of fruits and vegetable in the country. During the last season the total imports reached a total of 6.3 billion lbs. Which represents 17% of the U.S. global imports.

The report presents a five-year comparison and it reveals what items are highest in volume and value.

 

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Digital Communications; Actionable Tactics and Strategies

This is the presentation made by Stephanie Bermudez during the recent workshop that took place at the Fresh Produce Association-The America on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (MST)

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Unified Cargo Processing (UCP) Program In Nogales Expands To Include Produce As Of Oct.3

This morning at the port authority meeting that took place at FPAA, CBP announced in information bulleting that the program will be expanded to include all Fast lane users including fresh produce.

This as a result of a successful 30-days pilot program or \"proof of concept.\" Results in which CBP and SAT agreed.

Some of the results backing up this success were:
22% of all laden trucks are being jointly processed by CBP and SAT
20 min. is the average crossing time from from Sonora to Arizona for UCP shipments
Significant reductions in-transit transportation cost for UCP participants

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Your contribution will be greatly appreciated!!

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48th Nogales Produce Convention Sponsorship form

Let's add exposure to your company!!!

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Pillars of the FPAA Lifetime Recognition Award Form

To continue to recognize excellence and service to the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, the Association will again honor individuals who have excelled in the industry. In its fifth year, the Pillars of the FPAA recognition award highlights members' accomplishments. The 2010 honorees were George Gotsis and Roy Lundstrom; Al Harrison and Walter Holm were honored in 2011; Beto Maldonado and James K. Wilson were honored in 2012; Robert R. Hathaway was honored in 2013, Eddie Stoller, Jr. in 2014 and Carlos A. Bennen in 2015.

 

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Filing Notices of Security Interests in Mexico

FPAA hosted on Sept.8 a seminar on Filing Notices of Security Interests in Mexico designed for personnel responsible for drafting grower agreements and/or filing UCC-1's.

There have been very important changes in the laws governing the filing of notices of security interests in Mexico, and those changes will have an effect on the priority of security interests in the United States.

FPAA's counsel Kip Martin and Dr. Boris Kozolchyk and Ms. Isis Isunza from the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade were the presenters on this event.

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FPAA Convention Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for the 48th Annual Produce Convention and Golf Tournament!

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Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 mandates the creation of a food safety system in which the focus is on preventing contamination rather than primarily reacting to problems after they occur. The FSMA rules include those that create preventive controls for the production of human and animal foods, and establish science-based standards for produce grown on farms. These rules apply to domestic food producers and those in other countries who export to the United States.

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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on the Accredited Third-Party Certification is now final.

This rule, proposed in July 2013, establishes a voluntary program for the accreditation of third-party certification bodies, also known as auditors, to conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign facilities and the foods for humans and animals they produce. These requirements will help ensure the competence and independence of the accreditation bodies and third-party certification bodies participating in the program.
Foreign entities may use certifications for two purposes:

  • Certifications may be used by importers to establish eligibility for participation in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), which offers expedited review and entry of food.
  • To prevent potentially harmful food from reaching U.S. consumers, the FDA can also require in specific circumstances that a food offered for import be accompanied by a certification from an accredited third-party certification body.

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Compliance Dates for the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Rule

The compliance dates for importers subject to the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) rule differ according to a number of considerations, including
• the size of the foreign supplier,
• the nature of the importer,
• and whether the foreign supplier must meet the requirements of the final rules for
° Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food ,
° Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals (collectively, "PC rules"), or
° Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption ("produce safety rule").

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AM I SUBJECT TO FSVP?

Answer the questions and determine if you are required compliance with FSMA

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FSMA Technical Assistance Network

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Technical Assistance Network (TAN) is now operational and providing technical assistance to industry, regulators, academia, consumers and others regarding FSMA implementation. The TAN will address questions related to the FSMA rules, FSMA programs, and implementation strategies after the rules are final. We encourage stakeholders to first visit FDA's FSMA webpage at www.fda.gov/fsma, which contains detailed information on all aspects of FSMA, including implementation. The webpage includes Frequently Asked Questions about FSMA by topic area.

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Arizona Border Staffing Summit with U.S. Congress

On May 11, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake's office along with the Douglas International Port Authority, Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority, and Greater Yuma Port Authority in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC), and the Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance (TTCA), hosted a briefing in Washington, D.C. to express the urgency for additional staffing for our ports of entry.

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Fresh Produce Review by Gruszka Consulting data ending 03/20/16

Fruits:
• 2016 has started out well for dollar volume in comparison to 2015, but volume is slower than at the end of 2015
• 2016 Dollars are up 4.2% (13 weeks YTD) versus 2015 which was up 3.2%
• 2016 Pound volume is down .5%, however. (13 weeks YTD) versus 2015 which was up 4.1%
• There is continued consistency in the top growing categories.
• Avocados, Tangerines, Berries, and Melons
• Apples, Bananas, and Cherries were the only categories with negative dollar trends.
• Overall Fruit Dollar trends overall were positive in every IRI region of the US with South Central leading the way.
• Total US price per pound was flat.

Vegetables:
• Overall the vegetable category is growing at a higher rate in 2016 than it did in 2015.
• Bagged Salads continue their very strong trends in both dollars and pounds
• Dollar trends overall were positive in every IRI region of the US.
• Price per pound was up in all 8 regions over the last 52 weeks.

 

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Actionable Pest Report April 18- May 1

Data collected during the period of April 4- April 17 showed findings of certain actionable agriculture pests on Corn and Chinese cabbage, pineapple, and radicchio

This report, which is attached to this email, is compiled and shared with FPAA members in order to work closely with your growers to understand and identify possible pests of concern that growers need to be aware of. 

 

CBP conducts agriculture inspections at the ports of entry to keep out insects that could cause harm to domestic agriculture.

 

Finding actionable pests on your shipments could result in delays, rejection of loads, and other problems. If you have any questions about the attached report, please do not hesitate to contact the FPAA office. 

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Actionable Pest Report April 4- April 17

Data collected during the period of April 4- April 17 showed findings of certain actionable agriculture pests on Corn and Chinese cabbage.

This report, which is attached to this email, is compiled and shared with FPAA members in order to work closely with your growers to understand and identify possible pests of concern that growers need to be aware of.

CBP conducts agriculture inspections at the ports of entry to keep out insects that could cause harm to domestic agriculture.

Finding actionable pests on your shipments could result in delays, rejection of loads, and other problems. If you have any questions about the attached report, please do not hesitate to contact the FPAA office.

 

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Flake, McCain Urge Agencies to Address Bank Closures on U.S.-Mexico Border

Washington, DC– U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) today released the following statements regarding the Treasury Department Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) decision to evaluate the need for new guidance to address concerns that the federal government’s indiscriminate application of anti-money laundering regulations has led banks to simply close the accounts of customers participating in cross-border commerce due to added compliance costs. Since the closures came to light, both senators have worked to make the administration aware of this unintended regulatory consequence and its negative economic impact on legitimate, cash-intensive businesses, particularly in Southern Arizona

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Tech Knowledge Registration Form

PMA Tech Knowledge
Symposium
May 17-19, 2016
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
Santa Clara, California

Deadline to register in advance:
May 12, 2016

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FPAA President's Testimony to Trasnportation Board

I would like to thank you for hosting your monthly meeting in Santa Cruz County and for spending time touring this community and meeting with local stakeholders. I want to thank ADOT Director John Halikowski and his team for their willingness to work so closely with this community as we chart a path forward for SR 189 and other infrastructure projects. They are a fantastic asset to the state.

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Allison Moore, FPAA' Testimony to ADOT

Welcome to the gateway for trade and travel between Arizona and Mexico. I hope you enjoyed your firsthand experience witnessing how our small community moves over $20 billion in goods and tens of millions of people each year. Thank you for holding your meeting here. This community appreciates the opportunity to share our vision for growth with you.

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ADOT Enforcement and Compliance Division

The division is providing a list of on-site repairs allowed at ADOT compound. ADOT wants to let the industry know what they can and cannot do.

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CBP has announced it will be providing commercial service on Sundays beginning Sunday February 7th.

The ADA Inspection Service will be available for Sunday inspections with pre-arranged service utilizing the attached request form. Please submit requests for Sunday service by 2:00PM on the preceding Friday.

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Aduanas schedule

In commemoration of the Mexican Constitution, Mexican customs hours of operation for this Monday, February 1st will be as follow:

Southbound:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Northbound:
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

 

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AZDOT Enforcement and Compliance Division Nogales Port of Entry, Allowable Repairs

This is a list of on-site repairs allowed at ADOT compound. ADOT wants to let the industry know what they can and cannot do.

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Expoagro Sinaloa, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Feb. 17-19, 2016

For over 25 years, Sinaloa organized producers, affiliated CAADES, have worked decisively, year after year, in the establishment of this forum; promoter of agribusiness, innovation and technological development for the benefit of men and women in the field.

 

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Sponsors Form for FPAA Spring Policy Summit 2016

Becoming a sponsor is not only a great way to get exposure for your business, but a way to say you care about the issues that will be covered! Thank you!

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The Sun Corridor: A Connected Economy Joint Planning and Advisory Council (JPAC)

FPAA attended the Jan. 8 meeting of the Joint Planning and Advisory Council (JPAC).

Representing FPAA were President Lance Jungmeyer and Board Member Sabrina Hallman.

This meeting featured a heavy component toward infrastructure and transportation, and the SR 189 project was mentioned by several speakers.

 

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Space Available at FPAA Table at Borderlands Trade Conference, Jan. 22

The upcoming Borderlands Trade Conference will address critical supply chain issues, including improving infrastructure linkages between southern Arizona and Mexico. As a sponsor of the event, FPAA will have a table available for members and partners. See the attached flyer for more details about the event, which is Jan. 22 at the Tucson Convention Center. If you would like a seat at the FPAA table, please contact Emmis Yubeta at Emmis@freshfrommexico.com.

 

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The Road to Nogales; A Modern Gateway for Mexican Produce

With its rolling hills, 4,000-foot elevation, and population of
just under 21,000, the city of Nogales, AZ in Santa Cruz
County has a small-town feel that belies its enormous role
in the U.S. and Mexican fresh produce industries.

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Port of Nogales Sunday Service for 2016

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Port of Nogales, Commercial Facility will begin offering Sunday services beginning February 7, 2016.  Sunday hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for both north and south bound commercial traffic.  No Sunday services will be offered on Easter Sunday, March 27th.

 

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FPAA Pushes State Transportation Board to Accelerate SR-189 Project

On Friday, Dec. 18, FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer testified before the Arizona State Transportation Board, calling for an accelerated construction timeline for SR-189 (Mariposa Road), which connects to the port of entry in Nogales. See the attached testimony for more details.

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The Sun Corridor – A Connected Economy, Jan.8, 2016,

The Sun Corridor - A Connected Economy
Tucson Convention Center ~ Turquoise Ballroom
260 S. Church Avenue, Tucson, Arizona
January 8, 2016, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Fresh Produce Review by Gruszka Consulting data ending 11-1-15

In the report Gruszka highlights important aspects!

 

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USDA Names New PACA Director

Bringing a background of working with industry leaders on the tomato suspension agreement with Mexican growers, Commerce Department veteran Judy Rudman has been appointed director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture\'s Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act division.

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Carlos A. Bennen Awarded 2015 Pillar of FPAA

With great admiration and respect FPAA honored Carlos A. Bennen in the recently celebrated 47th Nogales Produce Convention. Watch a short video that portrays some of his participation in the industry!

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Educational Sessions

Forward-Looking, Future-Perfect:
Taking Charge of Social Accountability and the Bottom Line

From the farm to the distribution warehouse, the Mexican produce industry gears up to improve social accountability, worker productivity and environmental stewardship. Three exciting speakers will highlight new and emerging practices that positively impact the workplace, the land, and the bottom line.

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Fresh Produce Association Annual Report Outlines Associations Activities and Accomplishments

To view the full copy of the FPAA's most current Annual Report, click the link. 

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FPAA Joined by Congressman Grijalva to Dedicate a Salad Bar to Children’s Lunchroom

Nogales, AZ- The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) is excited to announce the dedication of salad bar equipment to San Cayetano Elementary School in Rio Rico, Arizona, as part of the Let's Move Salad Bars 2 School (LMSB2S) program. The FPAA will be on site on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 with school representatives, members of the FPAA, and the Honorable Raul Grijalva, Elected Member to the House of Representatives from this district, to dedicate the salad bar to the San Cayetano Elementary School.

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Discussions on Border Banking Challenges Continue to Push Ahead

NOGALES, Ariz. - The FPAA and the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority testified in front of the Arizona Senate Finance Committee in early February to discuss the difficulties that border businesses have in obtaining financing, holding business accounts, and other banking services. Senator John McCain also submitted a statement to the committee concerning the banking closures.

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FPAA Presents its Spring Policy Summit – March 3-4, 2015

NOGALES, Ariz. - In keeping with a strong tradition of focused, proactive dialogue between regulators and industry, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas continues its annual Spring Policy Summit, March 3-4, 2015.

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Arizona Border Economic Summit

The FPAA is hosting the premier educational session on the economy of the border, designed for Arizona legislators and their staff. Join us on December 2 as fellow legislators and other government officials discuss Arizona and the Border. We are fortunate to be able to hear from Federal, State, and Local officials and stakeholders from across Arizona on the complexities, issues, and important economic opportunities presented by over 370 miles of border shared with Mexico.

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FPAA Annual Conference Highlights Social Responsibility

Nogales, AZ- The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA), representing over 100 member companies involved in importing distributing fresh produce across North America, held its 46th Annual Convention in Tubac, Arizona from October 30-November 1. Over 800 industry representatives from the U.S. and Mexico attended the event.

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FPAA Hiring Communications Coordinator

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is seeking a Communications Coordinator to communicate the issues and directives of the FPAA with government officials, other U.S. associations, the media and Members of the FPAA, as well as to establish a broad and effective electronic messaging presence. JOB REQUIREMENTS: Proven experience in written communications, including print, Web and social media. Graphic design experience preferred. Video experience a plus. EDUCATION: BA or BS in journalism, communications or related field. Salary commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to csingh@freshfrommexico.com.

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FPAA Hosts the 2014 America Trades Produce Conference

Join us March 12 - 13, 2014 in Tubac, Arizona for the 4th America Trades Produce Conference.  Learn more here:  www.americatradesproduce.com.

 

U of A Report Shows Bi-National Business Linkages Associated with Fresh Produce and Production-Sharing

In 2012, Nogales Community Development was awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to work on the Nogales Innovation Partnership Project (NIPP).

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AMHPAC Convention - August 29 - 30, 2013

Join AMHPAC to celebrate their 5th anniversary and to get the most updated news and technology information on protected agriculture. Copy/paste the following link for more information:  http://www.amhpac.org/congreso/english/

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FPAA Reacts to Final Tomato Trade Deal

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) congratulates the negotiating team representing Mexican tomato growers for their hard work on behalf of the industry in reaching a final agreement. Because it provides continuity, the finalized agreement is a win for U.S. jobs, U.S. companies, and U.S. consumers.

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FPAA Releases Initial Reaction to Proposed Tomato Trade Deal

February 4, 2013- The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) said today that while the U.S. distributors and allied partners welcomed the prospect of a renewed tomato trade deal, the prices called for in the agreement that was reached this weekend are not reasonable and will have a negative impact on U.S. consumers and workers.

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Why Is U.S. Commerce Department Threatening Economic Welfare of American Workers, Businesses With an Unfair Policy on Mexican Tomato Imports?

NOGALES, AZ - February 1, 2013 - If the U.S. Department of Commerce refuses to accept good-faith concessions by Mexico's tomato-growing industry after months of negotiating a trade agreement, it signals a dangerous precedent that would have unintended consequences for U.S. jobs, said an industry group that fears a broad trade war could break out.

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FPAA in the News

With everyone's busy schedule, sometimes it's difficult to keep up with the impact the FPAA staff and the membership has on the industry. We will begin regularly tracking and forwarding information on when the FPAA is mentioned in the news. The FPAA staff and board members work diligently to ensure the interests of the import community are heard. Below is the first installment.

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UPDATED: FPAA Calls for Improved Inter-Agency Cooperation in U.S. Chamber of Commerce Border Report

Nogales, AZ- In order to reduce bottlenecks of commercial shipments at the U.S.-Mexico border, the government should improve inter-agency cooperation - including data sharing - and recognize the need to increase Customs & Border Protection staffing as a means to minimize crossing times.

The report has been updated with a new version of the U.S./Mexico Economic Impact Map.  Click on the link to view/download.

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U.S. & Mexico Trade Reached a Record - Breaking $460 Billion in 2011

It has now been 18 years since the NAFTA began to expand trade across the North American region, providing a substantial boost to its competitiveness in the global economy, and strengthening the relationships between Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

Since NAFTA entered into force, U.S. - Mexico trade has multiplied by more than five; reaching $460 billion in 2011.

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Realizing the Full Value of Crossborder Trade with Mexico

The North American Center for Transborder Studies has recently developed a report for the New Policy Institute's 21st Century Border Initiative "Realizing the Value of our Cross Border Trade with Mexico." The report serves as an introduction to a much needed national discussion on the real value of our commercial relationship with Mexico, as well as the numerous opportunities and challenges at our shared border.

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