The Mexican government has agreed to a new round of talks with U.S. apple producers next week to consider suspending a huge tariff on shipments into that country, an industry official said today.
“It is the most positive development we’ve had” since Mexico levied the 101 percent duty last fall, said Kraig Naasz, vice president of the Northwest Horticultural Council in Yakima, Wash.
“I’m cautiously optimistic that we may soon end this nightmare for Washington’s apple industry,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Representatives of the U.S. apple industry, based primarily in Washington state, will enter into negotiations March 16 in Mexico City with officials from Mexico’s Secretariat of Commerce and Industrial Development, Naasz said.
Mexico, the largest U.S. apple export market at an estimated $100 million in sales last year, launched an antidumping investigation last March and levied the 101 percent fee on U.S. apples Sept. 1.