(UPDATED, 3:32 p.m.) U.S. apple exporters to Mexico face variable new duties as high as 20% starting Jan. 7 in the wake of a preliminary determination of injury in an anti-dumping investigation by the Mexican government.
The document summarizing the result of the investigation was published on Mexico’s official regulatory website on Jan. 6.
Apple industry officials are sorting out the 151-page Spanish language document, said Mark Powers, executive vice president of the Yakima-based Northwest Horticultural Council.
While the industry is still determining next steps, Fred Scarlett, manager of the Yakima-based Northwest Fruit Exporters said in a statement that the group believes the anti-dumping duties are unjustified. “We are disappointed that the Mexican government chose not to terminate the investigation and dismiss the petition,” he said in the statement.
Under Mexico’s preliminary determination, individually identified packers will face a tariff ranging from zero to 20.82% percent on apples exported to Mexico, with an average of 7.55% for most companies, according to the statement from Northwest Fruit Exporters.
Mexico began its anti-dumping investigation on U.S. apples Dec. 4, 2014.
Mexico is the top export market for U.S. apples, with U.S. shippers exporting $254 million worth of fresh apples to Mexico from January through November 2015, up from $244 million for the same period in 2014.
Sales of fresh apples to Mexico from January through November 2015 accounted for 27% of all U.S. fresh apple exports, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture trade statistics.