However, the government of Mexico has not responded to the injunction and the tariff remains off through late August.
Mexico and Canada are the leading export markets for Washington apples, and together account for about 50% of the state’s total exports.
Mexico alone receives 40% of the state’s exports. In addition to tariff-free access, growth in population and the number of supermarkets is positive for the country’s demand for apples, Baerveldt said.
One positive effect of the 14-year battle with the Mexican tariff on red and golden delicious fruit has been the fact that the tariff prompted buyers in Mexico to import gala variety apples.
“The gala market probably would not have developed to the same extent that it has because of the tariff,” she said.
One troubling issue that could cloud the success of exports to Mexico is the Aug. 18 annoucement of a 20% retaliatory tariff linked to the North American Free Trade Agreement dispute over Mexican truck access.