NAFTA talks: US drops proposal aimed to curb Mexico’s agricultural exports
Amid the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States has dropped a proposal by the Trump administration to put seasonal curbs on some agricultural exports from Mexico to the United States, Reuters reported.
“Our U.S. counterparts tell us that … the United States has decided to withdraw (the proposal) from the table,” Mario Andrade, foreign trade vice president for Mexico’s National Agricultural Council (CNA), told Reuters.
Andrade said the move followed a lobbying effort that sought to show that the “seasonality” demand stood to benefit a small fraction of U.S. agricultural producers while putting many other U.S. farmers at risk from Mexican retaliation. It’s worth noting that Andrade’s remarks were not confirmed by either Mexican nor U.S. authorities.