EFE – U.s. Customs and Border Protection seized more than two million dollars worth of narcotics and arrested 37 people in January at the border crossings at Hidalgo, Pharr and Mission, Texas.
Capital Press – U.S. exporters have been given more time to complete questionnaires related to allegations that they dumped apples in Mexico during the 2013-2014 sales season. The Chihuahua apple growers association, UNIFRUT, filed a complaint in the Mexican federal register Dec. 4 alleging U.S. shippers, mostly from Washington, sold apples in Mexico during 2013 at less than fair value, damaging Mexican growers.
Sentido Comun – The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) announced the start of the export of strawberries to China.
Reuters – Pork exports from the United States to Mexico, its biggest market, are likely to grow more slowly in 2015 after three years of record increases, as a deadly pig virus abates in both countries.
Reuters – A deal on a 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade pact could be concluded in mid-March, Mexico’s economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said on Thursday.
Sentido Comun – Mexichem, the largest manufacturer of plastic pipes in Latin America and a major producer of chemicals, filed an appeal to the U.S. International Trade Commission decision on Chinese refrigerants.
Capital Press – The Washington apple industry is exporting more apples than a year ago despite a work slowdown by longshoremen at West Coast ports. That’s because a lot of apples are being trucked to Mexico and Canada without using the ports.
Reuters – Louis Dreyfus Commodities’ Imperial Sugar Co and AmCane Sugar have challenged the U.S.-Mexico trade deal, warning that the pact potentially harms domestic sugar refiners and prolongs a long-running dispute between the two countries.
Politico – President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will discuss the “mechanics” of how to quickly wrap up Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations when the two leaders meet today in Washington.
El Economista – To help close negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), aimed at driving trade among 12 countries, Mexico cut tariffs with other potential members, except Vietnam.
WSJ – Mexico ran up a $1.08 billion trade deficit in November as a drop in crude oil prices led to a deficit in petroleum products, offset by continued growth in exports of manufactured goods.
WSJ – The U.S. and Mexico have struck a deal to scrap tariffs on imports of Mexican sugar, ending a trade dispute that rattled candy-makers over higher costs for their key ingredient.