The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) issued a statement about the President’s threat. PMA stated in a press release, “While there have recently been promising signs that both Mexico and the U.S were moving forward with ratifying the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) through their respective legislative bodies we are concerned this new threat of tariffs by the Trump administration will bring uncertainty to the approval process and disrupt the integrated supply chain and investment between the two countries.”
PMA also pointed out how vital Mexico imports are to markets and the industry stating, “Consumers have become accustomed to year-round availability of fresh produce at an affordable price and imports from Mexico are a critical component of the solution for meeting year-round demand. In fact, according to USDA, Americans consume over $12 billion in Mexican fruits and vegetables every year.”
According to a Reuters report, Mexican officials are in Washington today to discuss illegal immigration on the southern border. The report stated that meetings would take place between Mexican Economy Secretary Graciela Marquez and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, among others.