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Mexico & Nafta - March 2019

US suspends tomato agreement as trade war looms

On 7 February, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the US would be withdrawing from the 2013 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico, which suspended a dumping investigation launched by the US government against Mexican tomato exporters and allowed for the continued importation of tomatoes from Mexico. The agreement had been a commitment by Mexican producers and exporters to sell tomatoes “at or above the reference price, which will entirely eliminate the injurious effects of fresh tomato exports to the US”. A group of Mexican tomato growers responded to Ross’ announcement by filing a complaint with the US Court of International Trade (CTI) on 25 February.

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