Mexico Will Not Add Duties To Washington Apple Exports

Mexico Will Not Add Duties To Washington Apple Exports

Mexico’s Ministry of Economy released its final determination on the antidumping case filed by its domestic growers Tuesday, finding imports from the U.S. did not cause injury to the domestic industry.

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The country has terminated the antidumping investigation on imports of U.S. apples without the imposition of antidumping duties, and the provisional duties ranging from 2.44% to 20.82% are revoked as of today.

Fred Scarlett of Northwest Fruit Exporters, the organization involved in coordinating industry defense efforts, emphasized that the favorable outcome to Washington shippers was the result of industry preparedness and a thorough response to all of the information requested by the Mexican Ministry of Economy.

“Our industry knows the importance of the Mexican market,” Scarlett said. “Industry efforts to fully comply with all information requested, and the united response proved to the Ministry of Economy that there was no injury caused to Chihuahua growers by our exports.”

In December 2014, the investigation was opened by a request from the Regional Fruit Producers Association from the State of Chihuahua against the producers and exporters of apples from the U.S., alleging that U.S. apples were sold in Mexico below the cost of production and injured domestic apple growers.

The U.S. is the primary supplier of imported apples into Mexico, with Washington accounting for roughly 90% of the total U.S. shipments. Mexico is the largest export market for Washington apples; during the 2013/14 season that was investigated, more than 11 million 40-pound cartons worth $230 million were shipped to the market. The country accounts for 27% of all Washington apple exports, and approximately 9% of the total crop.