Tequila, beer, and avocado won't be affected by import tax

However, there is an agreement to set the import tax on tomatoes
Tequila, avocado and beer - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
08/11/2017
14:21
Ivette Saldaña
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Tequila, beer, avocado, and tomatoes are among the top five products that Mexico exports to the United States. Tequila, beer, and avocado won't be affected by import tax if the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ends. However, there is an agreement to set the import tax on tomatoes.

The agreement will expire in 2018, thus Mexico and the United States must renew it to avoid compensatory fees.

From January to August, USD$ 141 million were exported in Mexican tomatoes to the U.S. market, while in 2016 the exports reached USD$ 894 million.

Regarding tequila and beer, they won't be affected by tariffs if NAFTA ends, a relevant factor due to their annual exports.

From January to August, Mexico exported USD$ 2,255 million in beer and USD$ 980 million in tequila.

Avocado won't be affected by tariffs according to the list that the United States registered before the World Trade Organization (WTO). Mexico exported USD$ 777 million in 2016 while from January to August of this year exports reached USD$ 574 million.

However, there are products that would be taxed such as asparagus (21.3%), carrots (14.9%), celery (14.9%), fresh or frozen vegetables (except tomatoes and potatoes) (21.3%), frozen strawberries (11.2%), prunes (14%), sardines (20%), tuna (35%), and powdered sugar (12.2%).

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