The United States government threatened to have recourse to the Dispute Settlement Panel if Mexico The US maintains restrictive measures on corn imports and use of the biotechnology.
Chief Agriculture Negotiator for the United States Trade RepresentativeUSTRfor its short form in English), Doug McClipand Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Foreign Agricultural Affairs of the United States Department of Agriculture, Alexis Taylor He has issued this warning.
Such a message was included as part of a statement following a meeting with Mexican government officials regarding President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s decree to phase out the use and import of GM corn and other products. By January 31, 2024,
The USTR said in a statement released Monday that US officials continue to work with their Mexican counterparts at the highest level to address “serious concerns” with Mexico’s biotechnology policies.
USTR also noted that the US government appreciates the active engagement between US and Mexican government officials following the US Secretary of Agriculture’s visit. Tom Vilsack to Mexico in November, and a proposed amendment to a presidential decree shared by Mexico in late 2022.
“However, these changes are not sufficient and the approach proposed by Mexico, which is not based on science, still threatens to disrupt billions of dollars in bilateral agricultural trade, causing severe economic harm to American farmers and Mexican cattle producers, and inhibits important innovations.” USTR said there is a need to help producers meet pressing climate and food security challenges.
The visit of US officials this Monday, added USTR, further underscored the importance of resolving the matter, to which the agency expressed its continued commitment to strengthening economic and commercial ties with Mexico.
In their meetings on Monday, US officials reiterated concerns previously expressed by Secretary Vilsack and the US Trade Representative. Catherine Tai, He appreciated the time and dedication of his Mexican counterparts in trying to find a solution.
But in the end USTR issued its warning: “Today (Monday) we made it clear that, if this matter is not resolved, we will consider all options, including enforcing our rights under the treaty between Mexico and Mexico.” The United States of America and Canada.