The bill, which “requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to review Nicaragua’s compliance with CAFTA-DR (a free trade agreement between the United States and six Central American countries) within 60 days,” has more than 15 co-sponsors.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Al Lawson, D-Fla., and Darren Soto, D-Fla., led a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai urging her to work with members of Congress to implement immediate trade relief measures that safeguard American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables against unfair foreign competition.
Diaz-Balart pointed to a study from the Association of Floral Importers of South Florida (AFIF) which showed adding roses to the GSP will save flower importers $15 million a year, which benefits the Sunshine State.
"For too long, Florida farmers of fresh produce have suffered from Mexico’s unreasonable trade-distorting practices,” Steube said. “Seasonal produce is vital to the state of Florida, which ranks as the largest producer of many seasonal and perishable products in the country.