WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jim Allen, U.S. Apple Association board member and president of the New York Apple Association, testified before the Senate Finance Committee, Jan. 16, urging renewal of so-called “fast track” trade negotiation authority that expired in 2007.
The apple industry, from New York to Washington state, supports renewal to help the Obama administration better negotiate trade agreements of importance to the apple industry, Allen said.
About 33 percent of the 2012 national fresh-market apple crop was exported, continuing a U.S. net surplus in apple trade. In the 2012-2013 sales season, U.S. fresh apple exports of 46.7 million, 42-pound boxes were valued at $1.16 billion, while imports of 10.6 million boxes were valued at $198 million, according to the USDA, the association said.
— Dan Wheat