News Date: 01/14/2008

            United States and Mexican officials met on January 11 to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was fully implemented on January 1 of this year.

            USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Mark E. Keenum said in a statement that the purpose of the meeting was to ensure that full implementation of NAFTA continues to move smoothly. He noted that NAFTA has been a "positive force by creating growth in agriculture trade and providing new export opportunities."


            The United States and Mexico agreed to establish a working group to address trade concerns in the livestock sector. The livestock working group will meet by mid-February.


            With the full implementation of NAFTA, the final duties on a handful of agricultural commodities are now removed. These final commodities include U.S. exports to Mexico of corn, dry edible beans, and nonfat dry milk, Mexican exports to the United States of certain horticultural products, and two-way sweetener trade. (Contact: Jennifer Yezak)