‘Unacceptable’ Tomatoes, Mexican Trade Chief Criticizes US Demand

A top Mexican trade negotiator on Tuesday slammed a US proposal to inspect all Mexican tomato exports as “completely unacceptable”, saying the move would cause a logistical “collapse” in cross-border trade.

Jesus Seade, Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for North America, added that the US request was a final obstacle to closing a deal with the United States that would end a fee imposed by the Trump administration.

Seade on Twitter said that “If they pull this off, we have in our hands a new deal for the sector.”

In May, the United States imposed a 17.5% tariff on Mexican tomatoes after the two sides failed to renew an earlier agreement that stopped a US anti-dumping investigation.

Tomato growers immediately after submitting proposals to end the dispute, starting a series of talks.

“This measure is completely unacceptable to the Mexican government, because it represents a clear technical obstacle to trade. Accepting it would cause a collapse of logistics and border inspections in the course of bilateral trade,” Seade said, pointing out that there are 1.5m. tomato growers in Mexico.

Some Mexican agricultural associations said earlier this month that the government should implement equivalent measures in response to the US proposal to inspect all tomato exports crossing the US-Mexico border./Investing.com

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