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Mexico Publishes List of US Products Subject to Retaliatory Tariffs in Cross-Border Trucking Dispute
March 18, 2009


In Mexico’s Diario Official, President Felipe Calderón published a list of US products that will be subject to retaliatory import tariffs effective March 19, 2009, in connection with the ongoing cross-border trucking dispute. Highlights of the list include sunglasses, certain fresh fruit and vegetables, certain juices of fruits and vegetables, certain dishwasher machines, and certain laundry machines. The list imposes ad valorem tariffs of up to 45 percent on fresh grapes, with the majority of the tariffs ranging between 10 and 20 percent. Tomorrow, Mexico will begin applying increased tariffs on goods of US origin* as follows:

Subheading

Description

Tariff

0604.91.02

Christmas Trees

20%

0703.10.01

Onions

10%

0705.11.01

Cabbage

10%

0802.12.01

Nuts without Shells

20%

0804.10.01

Fresh Dates

20%

0804.10.99

Other

20%

0806.10.01

Fresh Grapes

45%

0808.20.01

Pears

20%

0809.10.01

Apricots

20%

0809.20.01

Fresh Cherries

20%

0810.10.01

Strawberries

20%

0813.50.01

Mixtures of fruit, nuts, or nuts of this Chapter.

20%

1902.19.99

Pasta, whether or not cooked or staff (with material or other substances), Other

10%

2004.10.01

Potatoes

20%

2005.40.01

Peas (peas, beans) (Pisum sativum).

20%

2008.11.01

Fruit, nuts and other edible parts of plants, otherwise prepared or preserved, without shells

20%

2008.11.99

Others

20%

2008.19.01

Almonds

20%

2008.19.99

Other

20%

2008.60.01

Cherries.

20%

2009.80.01

Juice of any single fruit or vegetable

20%

2009.90.01

That contain only juice of vegetables

20%

2009.90.99

Other

20%

2103.10.01

Soy Sauce

20%

2103.90.99

Other mustard flower and meal and prepared mustard.

20%

2104.10.01

Preparations or soups, messes or broths; soups, 10 messes or broths, prepared.

10%

2106.90.06

Concentrated juice of one fruit, vegetable or vegetable, fortified withvitamins, minerals or vitamins.

15%

2106.90.07

Mixtures of concentrated fruit juices, vegetables, enriched withvitaminsminerals or vitamins.

15%

2106.90.08

With a milk solids content of greater than 10% by weight

15%

2201.10.01

Mineral Water

20%

2204.10.99

Other Sparkling Wines

20%

2204.21.02

Wine red, pink, white or claret, whose alcohol content is up to 14%Alc. Vol.at a temperature of 20 º C (equivalent to 14 degrees Gay-Lussac centesimal at a temperature of 15 ° C) in vasijería clay, pottery or glass.

20%

2206.00.99

Other fermented beverages, not otherwise included (eg. Wine coolers)

20%

2306.30.01

Bran, Sharps and other residues of Sunflower seeds

15%

2306.49.99

Other oil cake and other solid residues of other rape or colza seeds.

15%

2309.10.01

Dog or cat food, put up for retail sale.

10%

3213.10.01

Artists’, studens’, or signboard painters’ colours, modifying tins, amusements colours and the like, in tablets, tubes, jars, bottles, pans or similar forms of packings; in assortments

15%

3304.30.01

Preparations for manicure and pedicure.

15%

3304.99.99

Others.

15%

3305.10.01

Shampoos.

15%

3305.30.01

Hair lacquers.

15%

3305.90.99

Other hair products.

15%

3306.10.01

Dentifrices.

15%

3306.20.01

Dental Floss of nylon

15%

3306.20.99

Dental floss of material other than nylon

15%

3306.90.99

Other

15%

3307.10.01

Preparations for shaving or after-shave.

15%

3307.20.01

Personal deodorants and antiperspirants

15%

3924.10.01

Crockery and other items for the table service and kitchenware

20%

3924.90.99

Other

20%

3926.40.01

Statuettes and other ornaments

20%

4816.20.01

Carbonless paper.

10%

4818.10.01

Toilet paper.

10%

4820.20.01

Notebooks

10%

4901.99.99

Other Printed books, brochures, leaflets, and similar printed matter, whether or not in single sheets.

20%

4911.10.99

Other trade advertising material, commercial catalogues and the like

20%

4911.99.02

Tickets or raffle tickets, lotteries, shows, railways and other transport services.

20%

4911.99.03

Printed with clear writing.

20%

4911.99.05

Plastic identification cards and credit, without magnetic strip.

20%

4911.99.99

Other

20%

5511.10.01

Yarn (other than sewing thread) of man-made staple fibers put up for retails sale; of Synthetic staple fibers with a fiber content of less than85% en peso.85% by weight.

15%

5511.30.01

Of discontinued artificial staple fibers

15%

5704.90.99

Other Carpets and other textile floor coverings of felt, not tufted or flocked, whether or not made up

20%

5705.00.99

Other carpets and floor coverings of textile and other materials.

20%

7013.49.03

Glassware of a kind used for table, kitchen, toilet, office, indoor decoration or similar purposes of limestone.

20%

7113.19.99

Other articles of jewelry and parts thereof, of precious metal or of metal clad

20%

8302.41.01

Fittings for Venetian blinds.

20%

8302.41.02

Curtains

20%

8302.41.04

Keyless locks, doorknobs or pins.

20%

8302.41.99

Other

20%

8304.00.99

Other filing cabinets, card-index cabinets, paper trays, paper rests, pen trays, office-stamp stands and other office furniture headings

20%

8418.10.99

Other combined refrigerator-freezers, fitted with separate external doors

15%

8418.21.01

Of Compression

20%

8419.81.01

Coffee pots.

20%

8421.39.99

Other filtering machinery and apparatus for gases.

10%

8422.11.01

 

Dish washing machines; machinery for clearing or drying bottles or other containers; machinery for filling, closing, sealing or labeling bottles etc , , , for household use.

15%

8450.12.01

Fully automatic laundry-type washing machines for household use

20%

8450.12.99

Other machines with built in centrifugal dryers

20%

8516.79.99

Other Electric instantaneous or storage water heaters for automobiles

20%

8517.11.01

Combined wireless phone headset with microphones.

20%

8548.10.01

Waste and scrap of primary cell, primarybatteries and electric accumulators;  Batteries, primary batteries and electric accumulators, useless.

20%

9004.10.01

Sunglasses

15%

9403.20.99

Other household metal furniture

15%

9504.30.99

Other games operated by coins (etc.)

15%

9608.10.01

Ball point pens of common metal

20%

9608.10.99

Other ball point pens

20%

9608.20.01

Pens and felt tip markers with other porous tips

20%

9608.99.99

Other

20%

9609.10.01

Pencils

20%

Of special note, the list does not include corn, wheat, beef or beans, as many US lawmakers had feared. According to comments made by Mexican Economic Minister Ruiz Mateos, the sanctions are meant to highlight the anticompetitive nature of the current system, under which cargo trailers at the border are pulled by three different trucks. Minister Mateos also indicated that talks to resolve the dispute cannot begin until the US Congress has confirmed a Commerce Secretary.

*The increased tariff rates only apply to goods of US origin. Goods from third countries warehoused in the US and then trucked to Mexico would not be subject to these tariffs absent any processing in the US that would trigger one of the tariff shift rules in 19 CFR 102.

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