Bennet: Plan to Remove Mexico's Retaliatory Tariffs Good News for Colorado Agricultural Producers, Rural Economy

Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement on President Obama and President Calderon’s announcement that Mexico and the United States have established a path forward to resolve the cross-border long-haul trucking dispute and phase out Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs. The development marks a positive step forward in the effort to expand Colorado exports of agricultural products to Mexico.     

“This is great news for our economy and Colorado producers.  For too long, Colorado farmers have been hampered by retaliatory tariffs on their exports to Mexico, our third-largest trading partner. Colorado’s farmers and ranchers can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the world. This is a step in the right direction, and I look forward to working toward resolving remaining disputes that hinder our exports and close off our products from new opportunities and markets abroad.”

Last month, Bennet and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack met and strategized how to solve outstanding trade disputes with Mexico to open that important market to Colorado products.  For more information on that conversation, click here.

Last year, Bennet joined Reps. John Salazar and Betsy Markey in sending a letter to President Calderon pushing him to open the Mexican market to U.S. potatoes.