Importers with fruit which has been programmed and is in transit could be the first to be hit. Fruit is exported not only from Washington State, the largest supplier, but also from the East Coast. The season begins to build as autumn approaches, although many multiples sell varieties such as Red Delicious throughout the year. Douglas Henderson, chief executive of the Fresh Produce Consortium, said the EU's decision could be as early as Tuesday (June 18), and would take immediate effect. The EU was, in fact, able to impose duty any time while negotiations were continuing, he added. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}