News 16 Feb. 2021

Curtis Trade team prevails in USITC injury proceeding: No trade restrictions to be imposed on Canada’s blueberry exports to the United States

On February 11, 2021, Curtis’ Trade team assisted in achieving a negative injury determination from the United States International Trade Commission (“USITC”), which ensures that there will be no import restrictions placed on Canadian imports of fresh and frozen blueberries into the United States.

The USITC rendered its negative injury determination in the U.S. safeguard trade case targeting imported blueberries regardless of country of origin. By a 5-0 vote, the USITC made a negative injury determination. This means that it determined that imports of fresh, chilled, and frozen blueberries into the United States did not increase in sufficient quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury to domestic producers.

The USITC negative injury decision marks the end of this trade case. There will not be any import restrictions on imported blueberries.

In this case, the Curtis Team defended the interests of the Government of Canada, the British Columbia Blueberry Council, and the Wild Blueberry Association of North America. The Curtis Team was led by Dan Porter and Jim Durling and assisted by Antonio Riva Palacio, Ana Amador, Luis Carlos Ramirez, Taishu Pitt, Jessica Salas, and Andrew Braun.