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Mexico slaps 50 percent tariffs on white corn imports

This story has been corrected with confirmation from USTR that Mexico’s tariff’s do not impact US white corn exports.

Mexico has placed a 50 percent tariff on imports of white corn.

In a call with reporters on Monday, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the US is continuing to follow the trade dispute settlement process under the Unites States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that was filed because of a ban on biotech corn. “We expect and anticipate that our response to any and all activities by the Mexican government is to continue to pursue an ultimate determination under USMCA that the actions taken by the Mexican government were not appropriate.”

Mexico’s president says the decision was made to help control inflation and boost domestic production and be in place until the end of the year.

The United States Trade Representative’s office confirmed with Brownfield that US white corn exports will not be impacted by the tariffs and won’t be covered under dispute settlement consultations.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar tells Brownfield she is pleased that USTR is working to find a solution under USMCA. “It is a process.  We would love to get it resolved tomorrow, but it is a process where we can seek remedy.”

Tina Smith, a Senator from Minnesota, says Mexico needs to be held accountable for decisions regarding the biotech corn ban. “We need to follow the facts and science as we look at these trade agreements to make sure that we are fully using the remedies that we have in the trade agreement.”  

The Senate Ag Committee members say they believe the administration is being proactive with the issue. On June 2, USTR Ambassador Katherine Tai had requested dispute settlement consultations with Mexico, and a week later Canada joined the request from the US.  

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