Mexican Tariffs Could Devastate U.S. Dairy Export Sales
“Tariffs on cheese will potentially eliminate the competitive advantage we have in our No. 1 market,” said USDEC president and CEO Tom Vilsack. “That is a legitimate concern.”
- Fresh Cheese: 15% tariff until 7/5; 25% tariff thereafter.
- Cheese of other types, shredded or in powder: 10% tariff until 7/5; 20% tariff thereafter.
- Grana or Parmegiano-reggiano, Gouda, Havarti, Fontina, etc.: 10% tariff until 7/5; 20% tariff thereafter.
- Other: 15% tariff until 7/5; 25% tariff thereafter.
“We continue to work with the different commodity organizations to understand how they are being impacted and what the ramifications of some of the negotiations are having on their industries,” Ibach said in an interview with AgDay’s Betsy Jibben at the World Pork Expo. “We continue to look for those opportunities down the road to see how they’ve been impacted by these negotiations and if there’s a role for USDA to play in working together with them. Both the secretary and the president want to work to mitigate the impact that these negotiations have on agriculture.”
- Mexico is the U.S. cheese export market.
- In 2017, the United States held a of Mexico’s cheese import market.
- U.S. cheese shipments to Mexico were valued at last year.
- Last year's U.S. cheese exports to Mexico increased in value over 2016.
- Mexico accounts for of total U.S. cheese exports.
- U.S. suppliers shipped of cheese to Mexico in 2017.
- Over the last decade, both the volume and value of U.S. cheese exports to Mexico have