Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Blueberries in U.S. crosshairs

Blueberry exports to the United States are coming under investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

It will hold hearings beginning Jan. 12 to determine whether U.S. growers have been hurt by imports from Canada and other countries.

A vote on whether economic injury has been inflicted will be held Feb. 11.

Other crops also on a list for investigations, include fresh strawberries and fresh raspberries and those destined for processing.

About 95 per cent of Canada’s blueberry production is in British Columbia, but it has been increasing in recent years in Southwest Ontario.

Any U.S. border restrictions would almost certainly push Canadian blueberry prices lower.

The U.S. complaints about blueberries also include those coming from countries to the south.

When the U.S. government was last controlled by Democrats, it took a number of trade actions against Canadian exports.