If the International Trade Commission’s investigation determines that the US should impose tariffs on Mexican blueberries, Mexico is willing to immediately retaliate against the US. In fact, Mexico has already determined which US products it would tax if the US imposes a tariff on blueberries and other products that are also being investigated by the Commission.
Ready to react
The highest Mexican authorities are ready to respond to a possible sanction on Mexican fruit. The Presidency, the Senate of the Republic, the secretariats of Economy, Agriculture, and the National Agricultural Council are determined to apply a mirror policy against products of United States origin.
In the face of this possible crisis, Bosco de la Vega, the president of the National Agricultural Council (CNA) said the Mexican authorities had all agreed to work together and that they had already defined what products they would impose retaliatory tariffs on. "We know this is a political issue. Florida is the fourth entity with the most electoral votes after California, Texas, and New York; and it was Florida and Georgia who got us into this problem,” the president of the ANC stated. The biggest suppliers of blueberry to the US are Peru with 39%, Chile with 25%, and Mexico.
US and Mexican officials are still holding talks and consultations to analyze the issue. It should be noted that the United States and Mexico have a free trade agreement that makes it legitimate for Mexico to react with a mirror measure.