Wednesday,
April 23

 
BUSINESS

You say tomatoes, FL says tariffs


When countries go to war over trade, there are very rarely winners. One domestic industry might get a temporary reprieve from foreign competition as the home country slaps tariffs on cheaper imports, but another domestic industry is sure to suffer as the other country hits back with tariffs of its own. In the end, consumers lose, since they’re faced with fewer choices and higher prices due to the dwindling competition.

There’s a trade fight brewing between the U.S. and Mexico. It’s unnecessary, it’s completely avoidable, and the San Antonio and South Texas trade community is likely to be caught in the middle when the punches start flying.

At issue are Florida-grown tomatoes, which are facing competition from fresh tomatoes imported from Mexico through such ports as Pharr, Texas, and Nogales, Arizona.


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