Mexico releases list of U.S. products that will see higher tariffs

2009-03-18T00:00:00Z Mexico releases list of U.S. products that will see higher tariffs Arizona Daily Star
March 18, 2009 12:00 am

Mexico has released the list of U.S. products that will see tariffs of 10 percent to 45 percent. The move is in retaliation for the U.S. scrapping a test program allowing Mexican trucks to deliver goods beyond a U.S. border zone.

Among affected goods are certain fruits and vegetables, wine, juices, sunglasses, toothpaste and coffee, according to a government statement. Most tariffs are 10 percent to 20 percent, with unspecified fresh products subject to a 45 percent charge. The tariffs will apply to $2.4 billion of goods and take effect today.

Talks to diffuse the first trade dispute of President Barack Obama's administration can't begin until the U.S. has a Commerce Secretary, Economy Minister Gerardo Ruiz Mateos said. Discussions to resolve the dispute will start once his counterpart, Gary Locke, is confirmed by the Senate, the economy minister said.

Among the 90 products on Mexico's list are potatoes, cherries, mineral water, photocopy and toilet paper, as well as wireless phones, tickets for public events and the lottery. The list doesn't include corn.

"We're waiting to begin work," Ruiz Mateos said. "Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate hasn't designated our counterparts yet."

The tariffs "will have a big impact on the companies that export those items," said Sidney Weintraub, a specialist in international economics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. "It could take them out of the market."

Mexico is the second largest U.S. export market for agricultural products, said John Murphy, vice president of Latin American affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He couldn't immediately say which companies would be most affected.

Editor's note: The list has been added in a box to the right of your screen.

Products that face higher tariffs beginning today:

Christmas trees 20 percent

Onions 10 percent

Cabbage 10 percent

Pears 20 percent

Apricots 20 percent

Strawberries 20percent

Potatoes 20 percent

Pork rind 20 percent

Almonds 20 percent

Cherries 20 percent

Fruit juice 20 percent

Soy sauce 20 percent

Mineral water 20 percent

Wine 20 percent

Beer 20 percent

Dog and cat food 10 percent

Manicure and pedicure tools 15 percent

Shampoo 15 percent

Hair conditioner 15 percent

Toothpaste 15 percent

Shaving products/after shave 15 percent

Deodorants and antiperspirant 15 percent

Dinnerware 15 percent

Statues and decorative artwork 20 percent

Copy paper 10 percent

Toilet paper 10 percent

Notebooks 10 percent

Pencils 20 percent

Event or lottery tickets 20 percent

Plastic identification cards 20 percent

Curtain rods or hanging tools for blinds 20 percent

Coffee makers 20 percent

Cordless telephones 20 percent

Sunglasses 15 percent

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