From The Capital Press, Salem (Ore.), “Mexico tariffs freeze pears“:
Exports of Northwest pears to Mexico have ground to a halt because of a new tariff.
Mexico last week imposed tariffs of 20 percent on pears, cherries, apricots, Christmas trees, frozen potatoes and other products. The tariffs are in retaliation for the U.S. ending a pilot program that allowed some Mexican trucks to transport goods in the U.S. as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The American Farm Bureau has called on President Obama to fix the problem:
Expressing disappointment in Congress’ decision …to end the Transportation Department’s Cross Border Trucking Pilot Program, AFBF President Bob Stallman said Mexico has already responded by imposing $2.4 billion in trade retaliation.
“This action by Congress has come at a cost to U.S. agriculture and our exports to one of our top markets,” Stallman said. “We urge you to find a resolution that will honor our obligations under NAFTA, eliminating any cause for Mexico to halt U.S. trade.”
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