Mexico’s food exports increase despite US uncertainty

Mexico’s food exports increase despite US uncertainty

Exports of agri-food products are the highest in all of history and the expectation is that in 2017 “we will grow even more,” said the spokesman of the Presidency of the Republic, Eduardo Sánchez Hernández.

Accompanied by the Secretary of Agriculture, José Calzada Rovirosa, explained that “Mexican products are distinguished by their quality and by meeting the highest sanitary standards in the world, so our agri-food supply is the most competitive in the world.”

In a press conference the company said the Mexican agri-food sector is experiencing a great moment thanks to the growth of production, the increase in exports and the progress in meeting health standards. “Mexico is the twelfth largest food producer in the world,” he said.

He recalled that in 2015, for the first time in 20 years, a trade surplus was achieved, “That is, we export products worth almost one billion dollars more than we imported,” and in 2016 this surplus tripled.

He stressed that was achieved thanks to the dedication of the country’s producers and the constant accompaniment of the federal government, so now “the taste of Mexico reaches more tables around the world.”

The Secretary of Agriculture detailed that the value of Mexican exports in 2016 was over $29 billion dollars with an import value of more than $25 billion dollars, which gives a positive balance for Mexico, something that had not been achieved before.

At the joint press conference, Calzada Rovirosa said that Mexico’s produce is currently being sold to more than 150 countries in the world, with 78 percent of agri-food exports being sent is the US.

The head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) said that given the current circumstances of that nation, “We have increased and accelerated visits to countries with the aim of further diversifying Mexican imports.”

He mentioned that it is not yet known  what the United States will propose in way of renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which is a reason why “We have to anticipate that negotiation so we can be assured we are starting from a position of total strength.”

Mexico’s main crops include grains such as corn and wheat, tropical fruits and various vegetables. Agricultural exports include coffee, tropical fruits and winter fruits and vegetables.