Negotiations on Mexican tomato exports to US will remain open

The Secretary of Economy, Graciela Marquez, met with her US counterpart, Wilbur Ross, on Friday, and they both agreed that negotiations to reach an agreement on the export of Mexican tomatoes to the US would remain open.

In a statement, the agency stated that Mexican tomato growers will be able to continue talking with officials of the Department of Commerce in order to reach a prompt solution and avoid the payment of a compensatory duty of 17.5% upon entering the US.

Above all, because the US has threatened to terminate the suspension agreement, which was in effect since 1996, as of May 7.

At the meeting, Marquez also asked to address the problem of "partial closures and reduction of personnel at border crossings that have affected trade flows."

She asked Ross in the bilateral meeting held during the CEO Dialogue that took place in Merida, Yucatan, "to provide a prompt solution to this situation that damages Mexican exports."

The secretary said it was important to continue working with the private sector to promote a common agenda, especially the ratification of the Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC).

During the meeting between businessmen and officials of both countries, Secretary Ross said that the procedure to ratify the T-MEC begins would start on April 18, and that the US Congress will have 90 days to vote it, though it could take longer, because they will be counted according to the session days. To be successful and achieve approval, they will work closely with lawmakers, he said.

He said that the US Congress must vote for the approval of the T-MEC without making changes, and that the process would begin when the International Trade Commission delivers the report on the impact of the treaty on April 18. "The important thing is the fact, not what it's going to say," Ross said.

The Under Secretary for North America of the chancellery, Jesus Seade, asked the US government for clear support, as the tariffs imposed on Mexican steel and aluminum, the lack of a solution to the tomato issue, and the slow border crossings are not helping the bilateral relationship.

Source: El Universal

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