The United States has benefited from very cordial trade relations with Mexico for over a decade and a half. Much of the relationship between the two NAFTA neighbors begins with the understanding that the U.S. is the No. 1 export market of Mexico and during some seasons we import more fresh produce from Mexico than all the rest of the world put together. We have the luxury of quality, tasty fruits and vegetables year-round at predictable and affordable prices.

Just as we enter a new year and pass one “cliff,” we are about to fall off the cliff of overall productive relations with Mexico over one product we import – with all the impetus coming from one state.

Tomatoes are such an important market for Mexico that the producers have invested in both the production and the supply chain to its customers to the north.

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