American producers seek an agricultural integration with Mexico


“The letter that food associations sent to the Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, and to the United States trade representative, Katherine Tai, on the restrictions on exports to Mexico, is a call to re-establish dialogue and negotiation with the Mexican government, for the agricultural integration that exists between the two countries”, said Juan Carlos Anaya, director of the Agricultural Market Advisory Group.

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However, Anya said, a great concern is perceived by US producers about the reduction of exports to Mexico, and in their analysis they exposed the issues of greatest concern, of which not all are exclusive to the initiatives of the current administration.

Regarding what they indicate about the current administration, there are the regulatory inconsistencies that are seen in the documents published in the DOF, among them, “the regulation that protects the conformity assessment in the case of cheese products (because it indicates a law that repealed) even though it was repealed almost at the same time the standard was drafted. The application of the NOM-51, which is basically a certification of organic products. Another is the decree on glyphosate and GMO corn, which is not clear, causing uncertainty to producers. It is not clear if imports in Mexico have a deficit”.

Thomas Vilsack (Photo: AP)

In the case of meat products, Anaya explained, “what worries them is the unclear terms in which we accept the Geographical Indications of the European Union since this will force some US brands to point out that their products are not original. but a copy, especially in the category of sausages and aged meats.

“Obviously this is also an issue that the Ministry of Energy has not followed up according to the obligations with the WTO, perhaps they have not even realized it,” Carlos Anaya, director of the Agricultural Market Advisory Group concluded.

Source: El Economista

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