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Mexico Truck Retaliation Does Not Include Meat Products

posted on March 20, 2009

(AP) Meat and poultry products are not included on the list of U.S. products Mexico will subject to tariffs in retaliation for the United States ending a program that allowed Mexican trucks to operate on U.S. roads, according to the American Meat Institute.

A list of targeted products — including fruits, vegetables, juices, wines and Christmas trees — was published by the Mexican government Wednesday.

The duties will take effect on March 19. Mexico did not specify how long the retaliatory tariffs will remain in place, but said it would reconsider them as soon as the U.S. comes up with a trucking program to replace the pilot program, according to AMI.

Congress eliminated funding for a pilot cross-border trucking project in the fiscal 2009 omnibus spending bill because of continued concerns about the safety of Mexican trucks. The Mexican government argues the trucking program ban puts the United States in violation of NAFTA's cross-border trucking commitments.

Mexico is the largest volume importer of U.S. beef and a top importer of U.S. pork.

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