The US could curb Mexican agricultural exports worth $ 6 billion annually

"We'll reject any action that is not sustained in the T-MEC or in national legislation"

The Mexican countryside's main concerns regarding the trade agreement between Mexico, the United States, and Canada (T-MEC), which will enter into force on July 1, are labor standards and the threat of seasonality. Given the possibility that the United States will try to stop exports of certain Mexican agricultural products, Luz Maria de la Mora, the undersecretary of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economy (SE), has stated they would reject any action that is not supported by the treaty or national legislation.

She said that Mexican exports of blackberries, strawberries, grapes, cucumbers, asparagus, peppers, zucchini, and eggplants were in danger of being hampered by seasonality, given the political use that the marketing of these products will have in the upcoming presidential elections in the United States.

During a videoconference of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), the undersecretary said that the idea of stopping Mexican exports by seasons was inadmissible. "There is political pressure. In fact, the United States Trade Representation has taken actions to comply with a plan that would start 60 days after the entry into force of the T-MEC requested by legislators from Florida and Georgia to protect their productive sectors," she said. "We seek to prevent seasonality and political support from both states to prevent a trade conflict."

The undersecretary of Agriculture, Miguel Garcia Winder, agreed that seasonality pressures had great political content. "Everything is happening at a time of elections with a very complex Republican administration and the states that are making this seasonality proposal have a great weight for the party of power," he said.

He also stressed, as a result of these pressures, Mexico could stop shipping some vegetables to the US in certain seasons. Thus, Mexico could stop being the US market's main supplier, since the export of the 8 products that would be affected amounts to 5 to 6 billion dollars a year.

The vice president of the National Agricultural Council, Sergio Esquer Peiro, said that "the United States should know that, if seasonality is implemented, Mexico will respond sharply, applying mirror measures to its agricultural products."



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