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Tipton: Colorado Potato Growers ‘Deserve a Reciprocal Benefit’ with Mexico

September 27, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue requesting that Colorado’s trade imbalance with Mexico be taken into consideration as the United States-Mexico-Canada-Trade-Agreement (USMCA) continues to take shape. In part the letter reads: 

“Originally, Mexico agreed to allow full potato access for avocado access. Unfortunately, Mexico has failed to honor its obligation. As you are aware, for over 16 years America’s potato growers have fought for full access to Mexico’s trade markets to no avail. Meanwhile, these hardworking growers have had to bear witness to Mexico’s avocado growers building an annual export market of $2 billion in the United States with Mexico seeking further expansion of the avocado market. If U.S. potato growers would receive full access to Mexican markets it is estimate that the Mexican market for U.S. fresh potatoes could be $100 million annually. Colorado’s potato growers and those throughout the United States deserve a reciprocal benefit.”

USMCA was signed by President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on November 30, 2018 but Congress must pass legislation to implement the deal before it can go into effect.
Tipton’s letter can be found here.