August 28, 2023

The Country Lacks a Plan for Corn


International Trade attorney Turenna Ramírez Ortiz was cited in an article published by Reforma about Mexico's supply of yellow corn in light of its prohibition on imports of genetically modified grain. The United States requested a panel under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to resolve the dispute. The situation is significant because Mexico is not self-sufficient in the production of yellow corn and depends on imports, especially from the United States. During the first six months of the year, of the 10.6 million tons that were imported, 92.7 percent of them came from the U.S. Ms. Ramírez Ortiz commented that the panel sets a negative precedent on Mexico's respect for signed treaties and the state of law.

"This panel touches on a product that is very sensitive for U.S. and Mexican markets," she said. "When we see the statistics and the macroeconomic outlook, we understand why in this case the U.S. did not wait to request a panel of experts to decide."

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