A Truce in the U.S.-Mexico Tomato Wars


The tomato wars between Mexico and the United States are over. The announcement was front page news, although it is hard to see why that happened.

According to The New York Times:

The United States and Mexico have reached a tentative agreement on cross-border trade in tomatoes, narrowly averting a trade war that threatened to engulf a swath of American businesses.

The agreement, reached late Saturday, raises the minimum sales price for Mexican tomatoes in the United States, aims to strengthen compliance and enforcement, and increases the types of tomatoes governed by the bilateral pact to four from one.

"The draft agreement raises reference prices substantially, in some cases more than double the current reference price for certain products, and accounts for changes that have occurred in the tomato market since the signing of the original agreement," Francisco J. Sánchez, the United States under secretary of commerce for international trade, said in a statement.

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