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Camp, Brady Statements on Lifting of Mexico’s Retaliatory Tariffs

July 08, 2011

Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued the following statements today after Mexico suspended half of the tariffs that it had imposed against U.S. products in retaliation for our longstanding dispute over cross-border trucking, which was resolved in a bilateral agreement reached on June 6.   

Chairman Camp stated: “This is long-overdue good news for American workers, farmers, manufacturers, and other exporters. Thanks to the agreement signed by the United States and Mexico on Wednesday, our exports will no longer face retaliatory tariffs when entering into Mexico – with half of the tariffs lifted today and the rest expected to be lifted next month.  I commend the U.S. Transportation Department for having developed a pilot program that resolves the cross-border trucking issue in a manner that fully ensures the safety and security of U.S. highways.” 

Trade Subcommittee Chairman Brady commented: “Today’s welcome action by Mexico demonstrates the value of rejecting trade protectionism.  Because of our long failure to live up to America’s commitment, U.S. job creators were suffering under the weight of over $2 billion annually in retaliatory tariffs imposed by Mexico.  I am very pleased that we have now resolved this problem and come into compliance so that U.S. apples, pork, dairy, and the dozens of other products that have been burdened by these tariffs can begin today to recover their share of the Mexican market – thereby creating additional U.S. jobs.”