YAKIMA – Washington apple growers expect they will take an estimated $44 million hit this year from a new Mexican tariff. The trade dispute has already hurt cherry and pear growers.
The 20 percent tariff took effect Thursday and affects all U.S. fresh apple sales to the state’s largest export market.
The tariff takes effect as the state is preparing to harvest what could be a record crop.
Mexico receives almost a third of all apples Washington exports.