The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has determined not to impose tariffs on US imports of Mexican blueberries. This ruling was taken in the framework of a global safeguard investigation against US blueberry imports that started on September 29, 2020, on the request from the United States Trade Representation.
“Today, the USITC voted that blueberry imports, including those from Mexico, do not represent serious injury or threat of serious injury to the United States industry, demonstrating that Mexican exports complement domestic production and help American consumers enjoy this product throughout the year,” stated the Ministry of the Economy.
He also stated that Mexico reiterated its willingness to continue working closely with its partners of the trading agreement between Mexico, the United States, and Canada (T-MEC) to strengthen the productive integration of North America and to promote the economic recovery of the region.
“The Government of Mexico, through the Ministry of the Economy, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Embassy of Mexico, is committed to working in coordination with the Senate of the Republic and the private sector, represented by the Council Nacional Agropecuario (CNA) and Aneberries, in defense of the commercial interests of the agri-food industry in Mexico,” he added.
The blueberry investigation was part of a larger plan by President Donald Trump's Administration to assess whether the United States should impose tariffs on imports of various Mexican fruits and vegetables. According to Victor Villalobos, Secretary of Agriculture, the resolution sets a precedent for the other products that Mexico exports and that are currently under investigation by the USITC (pepper, cucumber, pumpkin, raspberry, and strawberry).