IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 14 Apr 2016 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Financial grant

On April 14, 2016 the congressional delegation from the state of Maine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will grant up to $13 million for a purchase of up to 30 million pounds of Maine wild blueberries. According to the delegation, "Bonus buys help protect American farmers from unexpected market conditions by purchasing surplus goods and distributing them to food banks and other charitable institutions." The money used for surplus removal will be taken from the $222 million that has already been appropriated for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program in Fiscal Year 2016. This program supports the emergency surplus removals of commodities, which are then distributed to domestic food assistance programs. Press accounts also attribute the purchase to heightened import competition from Canada.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

013 Fruits & nuts
0810 Other fruit, fresh.
081010 Strawberries
081020 Raspberries, blackberries, mulberries and loganberries
081040 Cranberries, bilberries and other fruits of the genus Vaccinium
081050 Kiwifruit
081060 Durians
081070 Persimmons
081090 Other

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