The International Dairy Foods Association supports the Obama administration’s proposed cross-border trucking agreement between the United States and Mexico.
A variety of dairy products are among the U.S. commodities hit by Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs imposed after a decade of talks failed regarding truck access guaranteed by the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In comments filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the group said the dairy group’s members need to regain full duty-free access to Mexico, the U.S. dairy industry’s largest export market.
“This is an important step toward a solution that will put an end to the retaliation against our industry’s products,” said Clay Hough, the IDFA’s senior group vice president and general counsel. “Not only will this resolve a long-standing dispute, but the agreement will send a clear signal to trading partners that the United States is serious about the reciprocal fulfillment of trade obligations.”
In 2010, Mexico imported more than $837 million of U.S. dairy products. Since tariffs on several American cheeses were added to Mexico’s retaliation list last August, however, exports of the targeted cheeses have tumbled 60 percent through February of this year.