(Washington D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade Deputy Director Angela Hofmann released the following statement after the immediate imposition of tariffs of 10 and 20 percent on U.S. ag exports in retaliation for steel and aluminum tariffs. The list of Mexican tariffs is HERE.
“These tariffs will exact immediate and painful consequences on many American farmers. Hog, apple, potato and dairy farmers are among those suddenly facing a 10 or 20 percent tax hike on the exports they depend of for their livelihoods. Farmers need certainty and open markets to make ends meet. Right now they are getting chaos and protectionism.
“The Mexican market has been a windfall from American farmers. Over the last 25 years, American exports to Mexico have increased fivefold. Escalating trade tensions that have resulted in today’s tariffs put that growth at risk.
“These are self-inflicted wounds. Farmers deserve better.”