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June 7 — Mexico is removing import duties on U.S. apples that ranged from 2.44 percent to 20.82 percent, according to the Economy Ministry.
Results of an antidumping investigation showed that U.S. apple imports had not damaged the Mexican apple market, the ministry said in a summary of its investigation, published June 7 in the daily official register (Diario Oficial), Mexico's equivalent of the U.S. Federal Register.
U.S. apple producers will benefit from the removal of duties that were levied in January on all apple producers except Monson Fruit, CPC International and Washington Fruit and Produce (05 ITD, 1/8/16).
“The price of the apple imports investigated [was] increasing over the time period analyzed and settled at a higher price than similar merchandise produced in Mexico,” the ministry said in the summary. “In this sense, the price levels investigated did not have an identifiable price on the prices of similar Mexican merchandise.”
The removal of the duties will take effect immediately.
The Economy Ministry's investigation was prompted by a complaint from the Regional Fruit Producers Association from the State of Chihuahua, which had complained that U.S. apples were entering the Mexican market in 2013 at below fair market value.
The ministry reported in its January preliminary conclusions that imports of apples from the U.S. were subject to the dumping margins of up to 20.82 percent during the period of the investigation.
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Text of the Diario Oficial notice is available in Spanish at http://src.bna.com/fGo.
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