60 tankers carrying gasoline held up by lack of storage

07/20/2022

Source: Mexico News Daily

Over 60 ships carrying an estimated 18 million barrels of fuel are currently waiting at sea off the Mexican coast as they are unable to unload due to a lack of storage space, according to a Bloomberg report.

Citing people familiar with the situation, the news agency reported Monday that the majority of the ships are transporting gasoline and diesel imported by Pemex, the state oil company. The vast majority of fuel Mexico imports comes from the United States.

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US Poised to Escalate Claim Mexico Violated Free-Trade Pact

06/24/2022

Source: Bloomberg

The US is preparing to escalate its complaints that Mexico’s state-favoring energy policies violate the nations’ free-trade agreement, people familiar with the matter said, a move that would risk exacerbating tensions between the countries’ governments.

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s office in recent weeks has been working on a request for formal consultations under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement and discussing it with other agencies, according to the people, who asked not to be identified without permission to speak publicly. The timing for the request is still being determined, the people said.

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Truckers block highways to protest insecurity, tolls and fuel prices

DATE: 23 March 2022

SOURCE: Mexico Daily News

Truckers and other professional drivers blocked highways across Mexico on Tuesday to protest against insecurity and high toll costs and fuel prices.

There were blockades and marches in at least 20 of 30 states where protests were slated to be held, the newspaper Reforma reported.



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Experts see avocado price rise, damage to Mexican producers

Date: February 17, 2022

Source: ABC News

MEXICO CITY — Experts say you may be paying more for your avocado toast in the short term, and the effects of the U.S. temporary ban on imports of the fruit is already being felt by avocado pickers in Mexico.

Mexico is negotiating security guarantees for U.S. inspectors who certify Mexican avocados for export. The inspections were halted last week after one of the U.S. inspectors was threatened in the western state of Michaoacan, where growers are routinely subject to extortion by drug cartels.

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Shortly before the Super Bowl, the U.S. suspends avocado imports from Mexico

Date: Feb. 13th, 2022

Source: NPR

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has acknowledged that the U.S. government has suspended all imports of Mexican avocados after a U.S. plant safety inspector in Mexico received a threat.

The surprise suspension was confirmed late Saturday on the eve of the Super Bowl, the biggest sales opportunity of the year for Mexican avocado growers — though it would not affect game-day consumption since those avocados had already been shipped.

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U.S. pork exports to Mexico sets new record in 2021

Mexican consumers are ready to treat themselves to higher-quality meals after two years of pandemic lockdown. 

Date: Jan. 31st, 2022

Source: National Hog Farmer

When the final shipments are tallied, 2021 will be a record year for pork exports to Mexico, besting the previous high mark of a $1.5 billion in 2017. Through November, according to USDA data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation, exports to Mexico totaled nearly 795,000 metric tons, up 29% from a year ago and gaining fast on the previous annual volume record of 802,000 mt. 

USMEF Regional Director Geraldo Rodriguez says the organization’s promotions with big box retailers are not only reaching end consumers in Mexico, but also restaurant operators who purchase meat through these stores. 

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Mexico threatens legal action on US electric vehicle subsidy

12/03/2021

Source: AP News

The Mexican government threatened legal action Thursday over provisions of U.S. President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act that would give subsidies of up to $12,500 for purchases of union-made, American-made electric vehicles.

Tatiana Clouthier, Mexico’s secretary of the economy, said the bill currently before the U.S. Senate would violate non-discrimination clauses of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade pact.

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MEXICO, CHINA MAKE UP MOST OF WEEK’S PORK SALES

Source: Brownfield Ag News

The USDA says pork export sales were up sharply during the week ending September 23rd.  The total of 42,500 tons was 31% higher than the previous week, with Mexico and China combining for more than 80% of the week’s pork sales. Beef exports were up modestly, with Japan, South Korea, and China leading the way. Soybean, soybean product, cotton, and rice sales all showed week to week improvements, while corn and wheat sales declined. The USDA’s next set of supply and demand estimates is out October 12th.

Physical shipments of beans, corn, sorghum, and wheat were less than what’s needed to meet projections for the current marketing year. The 2021/22 marketing year started June 1st, 2021 for wheat, August 1st, 2021 for cotton and rice, and September 1st, 2021 for beans, corn, and sorghum, and starts October 1st, 2021 for soybean products. The marketing year for beef and pork is the calendar year.

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Mexico leader decries beer, milk production in arid areas

03/28/2021

Source: AP News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is railing against the production of beer and milk in areas where there isn’t enough water.

López Obrador cancelled plans for a huge brewery on Mexico’s northern border last year, and on Sunday he questioned the whole idea of producing beer for export.

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Revealed: Monsanto owner and US officials pressured Mexico to drop glyphosate ban

02/16/2021

Source: The Guardian

Internal government emails reveal Monsanto owner Bayer AG and industry lobbyist CropLife America have been working closely with US officials to pressure Mexico into abandoning its intended ban on glyphosate, a pesticide linked to cancer that is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkillers.

The moves to protect glyphosate shipments to Mexico have played out over the last 18 months, a period in which Bayer was negotiating an $11bn settlement of legal claims brought by people in the US who say they developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma due to exposure to the company’s glyphosate-based products.

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