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Ossoff pushes U.S. CBP to boost demand for Georgia pecans

Posted on Jan 11, 2024 at 22:02 PM

U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff has successfully pushed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to help Georgia farmers sell more pecans.

In October, Sen. Ossoff launched an inquiry with CBP urging them to begin collecting assessments on imported pecans, which funds domestic programs aimed at boosting sales of American pecans and leveling the playing field for domestic pecan producers.

The American Pecan Promotion Board (APPB) is funded by these collected assessments, but CBP had not yet begun collecting assessments on imported pecans at the time of Sen. Ossoff’s inquiry.

Now, at Sen. Ossoff’s request, CBP has begun collecting these assessments, which will help the APPB strengthen the Pecan Research and Promotion Program (PRPP), created in 2021 to maintain and expand markets for pecans.

“Effective implementation of this program is essential to the success of the pecan industry in Georgia and across our nation, and the most efficient collection of import assessments is through CBP,” Sen. Ossoff wrote. “However, this cannot occur until CBP implements its new automatic collection system, which has been delayed on multiple occasions. I therefore urge you to stand up the new system as soon as possible.”

Sen. Ossoff continues to be a strong advocate for Georgia’s pecan growers.

Last summer, Ossoff and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers urging U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to follow through on a promise by the Biden Administration to help Southeastern seasonal producers affected by unfair trade practices.

Earlier in 2023, following Sen. Ossoff’s push, the Republic of India announced a major 70% cut to tariffs on U.S. pecan exports, a big win for Georgia farmers.

Sen. Ossoff heard directly from farmers and growers in Georgia about the needs of their industries and how he can best fight for them in the Senate.

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