March 07, 2011
on Washington apples, pears and cherries would end early this summer under an agreement announced Thursday by the
U.S. and Mexican governments.
The agreement would resolve a two-year controversy over cross-border truck
traffic that prompted Mexico to impose 20 percent tariffs on American products beginning in March 2009.
slapped on the tariffs shortly after the U.S. Congress refused to fund a program under the North American Free
Trade Agreement allowing Mexican trucks to make deliveries inside the United States.
Lifting the tariff comes
as welcome news to the tree fruit industry Dan Kelly with the Washington Growers Clearinghouse says the tariff
has effected growers returns but he says shipments have continued pretty much on pace . .
Washington’s top export market for apples and pears, with pears generating about $50 million to $60 million, and
apples another $150 million to $180 million a year.