Mexico Surpasses Canada as Top Agricultural Supplier to the United States

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Mexico Surpasses Canada
Mexico has moved from the bottom of the list to the top in terms of US agriculture. (DuPont)

In 2016, Mexico managed to position itself as the main supplier of agricultural products to聽the United States, surpassing Canada and the European Union, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture.

Mexico closed 2016 with a 19.9-percent share of the US agricultural market, Canada with 19 percent and the European Union with 18 percent.

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This increase in importance of Mexican agricultural products in the United States began after the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Undersecretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) Jorge Armando Narv谩ez recently participated in the Mexico Food Show 2016, during which聽he pointed out that over time, NAFTA has been vital to聽the development of the agricultural sector in聽Mexico, the United States and Canada.

Currently, Mexico ranks as the 12th largest food producer in the world, with beer, avocado, tomato, tequila and beef being its聽main exports, according SAGARPA.

 

Head of SAGARPA Jos茅 Calzada Rovirosa said that in 2015, exports reached US $26.7 billion, a figure that surpassed for the first time the amount of foreign trade聽Mexico generates聽from tourism.

The figures released by the US Department of Agriculture reflect the success Mexico has had in聽taking advantage of its competitor’s聽lack of dynamism in recent years, some experts said.

At the beginning of 2000, the situation was different, as the share of Canada and the European Union in聽US agricultural was 24.9 percent and 23.1 percent respectively, while Mexico was approaching 13 percent.

Over the years, both nations were falling behind and Mexico seemed to took advantage .

Source: Milenio.

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