The U.S. ban on trucking from Mexico has resulted in retaliation against U.S. farm products, especially pork and beef.
The North American Free Trade agreement is having just the opposite impact for the U.S. pork and beef industries, and the White House is reluctant to take any action to solve the situation, according to Hoosier Ag Today.
Dave Warner, director of communications, National Pork Producers Council, says the lack of resolution on the Mexican trucking issue is likely a result of election year politics, “The groups who oppose this issue are strong supporters of the President’s party, so they are reluctant to move on this issue during an election year.”
Warner says the Obama administration is not taking any action to resolve this issue, “We would like the administration to get busy and resolve this quickly.” U.S. pork exports, which are just beginning to recover, are being hurt by the Mexican import tariffs, “They put U.S. pork producers at a disadvantage against the other major exporters to Mexico (namely) Canada, and Chile,” adds Warner.
Mexico is the second largest market for U.S. pork - totaling $762 million in 2009.
The National Pork Producers Council and 36 state pork producer organizations have written President Obama urging him to work with Congress and the Mexican government to resolve the Mexican trucking dispute. The letter also stated that, since NAFTA was implemented, U.S. ag exports to Mexico have increased by 257 percent - with pork exports growing by 580 percent.
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Source: Hoosier Ag Today