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U.S. pork exports to Mexico remain strong despite import duty suspension

Mexico has extended its suspension of import duties on certain foods, including pork, beef, and poultry, from all eligible suppliers. Erin Borror with the U.S. Meat Export Federation says the move has benefited the European Union and Brazil, which had seen an uptick in exports to Mexico.  “But in late November, a Mexican court actually halted the access for Brazil related to their sanitary access,” she says.  “So, the court case has resulted in at least a temporary suspension of Brazilian pork entering Mexico.”

The U.S. and Canada already had duty-free access to Mexico through NAFTA and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

She says it has been very difficult for Brazil to cut into the U.S. market share of pork exports to Mexico.  “Ninety percent of our exports are chilled, so our share of total exports of pork to Mexico actually increased from the prior two years to 84%,” she says. “So that Brazilian product that is made end roads, they were taking market share from Canada and Brazil took share from Europe.”

Mexico’s suspension of import duties was initially implemented in May 2022 and will remain suspended through December 31, 2024.

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