Magazine article SourceMex Economic News & Analysis on Mexico

Cattle Producers Press for Action against US Meat Imports

Magazine article SourceMex Economic News & Analysis on Mexico

Cattle Producers Press for Action against US Meat Imports

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Mexican livestock producers have renewed their request to the federal government to act promptly against imports of inexpensive US beef, which continues to displace domestic meat sales. An estimate by the Union Ganadera de Durango said US imports now account for 49% of all beef sold in Mexico. The Confederacion Nacional Ganadera (CNG) and other meat- industry groups last year asked the Secretaria de Comercio y Fomento Industrial (SECOFI) to investigate US beef and pork imports (see SourceMex, 1998-11-04). SECOFI, which accepted the request to investigate in October 1998, has yet to issue a ruling. SECOFI and SAGAR officials say imposing restrictions on US imports would be difficult because of market-opening provisions contained in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "We believe that free trade has certainly been good for us, and we don't want to impede the free flow of trade," Trade Secretary Blanco said in an interview with the Journal of Commerce in November 1998. …

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