Mexico Sets Tariff on Apples. I'm Greg Martin with today's Fruit Grower Report.
Mexico has decided to add a 20% tariff to apples as a part of their retribution for the U.S. government rescinding part of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mark Powers, Vice President of the Northwest Horticulture Council.
POWERS: This originally popped up in terms of a retaliatory action back in March of 2009 and the original list had pears and cherries and apricots on it. So since that time the coalition of groups that are on the retaliatory list have been trying to get the administration here to come up with a solution to the cross border trucking dispute.
Mexico added apples to the list yesterday and the tariff went into effect this morning.
POWERS: So now we're more than a year on into the retaliatory tariffs and Mexico is increasingly frustrated by the lack of attention the issue is getting or lack of a solution so they decided to add some additional products to the list and they dropped some other products off the list.
The list now includes some 90 products with tariffs ranging from 10 to 45%.
POWERS: At this point everything we export from the tree fruit industry down into Mexico has a tariff associated with it. The way these retaliatory tariffs work is supposedly if you cause enough pain and economic damage in the country you have a dispute with the associated industries put enough pressure on the government to get it to change its ways and come up with a solution.
That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.