Statement by Jim Bair,

President & CEO

U.S. Apple Association

Re: Removal of Section 232 Tariffs

“The U.S. Apple Association commends the Trump Administration for the removal of Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum on Mexico and Canada and the successful negotiation of provisions going forward to protect agriculture from being drawn into future trade disputes involving metals.

“We welcome the return of duty-free access to Mexico, our largest export market, and continued duty-free access to Canada, our number two market.  The two countries combined represent a half-billion-dollar market for U.S. apple growers.

“Removal of the Section 232 tariffs and ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) have been our top priorities. Our efforts are now focused on securing congressional support and ratification of the USMCA, which will provide increased stability and predictability going forward.”