US, Mexican growers reach tomato deal, US says

By REUTERS
February 3, 2013 05:43

 
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WASHINGTON - The US government and Mexican tomato growers reached a tentative agreement on Saturday that reduces the threat of a costly trade war stemming from a US decision last year to pull out of a 1996 bilateral tomato trade pact.


"I am pleased that we were able to come to an agreement on fresh tomato imports from Mexico that restores stability and confidence to the US tomato market and meets the requirements of US law," US Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez said in a statement.


The draft agreement substantially raises the minimum "reference" price at which Mexican tomatoes can be sold in the United States and accounts for changes that have occurred in the tomato market since the original agreement, Sanchez said.

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