Apple commission gets money to combat tariffs

WENATCHEE - The Washington Apple Commission will receive more than $8.45 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s agricultural trade promotion.

The $200 million program is aimed at developing and growing export markets to mitigate adverse effects of trade conflicts with foreign countries.

“We appreciate the USDA’s support of the apple industry and their understanding of the challenges we are facing due to retaliatory tariffs in our export markets,” said Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover. “This funding will be key to building markets and reducing the impact on Washington apple producers.

“We are thankful for the work and diligence from the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service in assessing and determining funding.”

Washington state exports one-third of its fresh apple crop; 90 percent of U.S. apple exports originate from Washington, said the commission. Forty percent of the state’s apple exports are shipped to Mexico and China, where they face retaliatory tariffs of 20 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

India is another top market that is threatening a 25 percent tariff on U.S. apples.

The Washington Apple Commission is a promotional organization dedicated to serving the Washington apple industry by increasing consumer demand through innovative marketing and promotions in international markets.

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